• Chidozie Uzoezie

UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative Launches Media Award

The UNWTO/Chimelong Media Award seeks to recognize the most committed and original purveyors of news and stories related to wildlife conservation and tourism.

The Jury of the Media Award is integrated by representatives from UNWTO, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), UN Environment, and Lonely Planet.

The Media Award welcomes articles, reports, and interviews addressing the topic of wildlife and sustainable tourism published between January 2017 and June 2018 in any of the five UNWTO official languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic).

The deadline for submissions is 15th July 2018. The awardee will be designated at the Awards Ceremony that will take place in September 2018.

The UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative is being implemented between 2017 and 2019 and aims at engaging key stakeholders like the media and tourism administrations in fostering sustainable tourism as a means to protect wildlife.

Seven African countries (Republic of Guinee, Niger, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Benin, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) hosted in 2017 activities of the UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative.

Over 100 tourism officers and 50 media professionals have enhanced their capacities and understanding of wildlife through these activities.

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