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UNFCCC Announces Winners of the 2012 CDM African Radio Contest

UNFCCC16 November 2012:  The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest 2012. The Secretariat launched the contest under the theme “Changing Lives,” with the aim of raising awareness on the CDM's benefits in Africa.

The contest invited African broadcasters and freelancers to create a compelling, exciting radio story that answered the question “How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?”

The first, second and third prize winners of the contest are, respectively: Wambi Michael of Uganda for his story about the CDM Bujagali hydroelectric power project in the West Nile region; Emmanuel Okella of Uganda for his story about the installation of a biogas system used for cooking in a public school kitchen in Uganda; and Jonathan Mwanzia Nzomo of Kenya for his story about how the CDM could promote the use of alternative sources of energy, prevent the cutting down of trees and raise awareness on the importance of environmental conservation.

The award winners and the other six short-listed contestants will be invited to the 2012 UNCCC meetings taking place in Doha, Qatar, to attend a media workshop on building communication capacity for African journalists. The workshop will teach the journalists about the CDM and how to promote it in their countries. [Contest Webpage]