ENPI Info Centre
Dec 2 2010

Journalists reporting on forest issues in Armenia have been
recognised in the 'Forests of Armenia' competition, an ENPI-FLEG
Programme-supported initiative.

A selection committee comprised of well-known environmental experts
and journalists named winners in four categories: Best Television
Report, Best Radio Report, Best Printed Article, and Best Online
Material. Two additional incentive prizes were also awarded.

The competition aimed to encourage comprehensive and consistent
coverage of forest-related issues in the Armenian media. During
the award ceremony, the selection committee emphasised the role
of journalists covering forest related issues, such as helping law
enforcement agencies to initiate criminal proceedings against illegal
actions and pushing for the dismissal of corrupt individuals.

The committee also recognised an evolution in recent coverage of forest
related issues. They found that while previously journalists reported
mainly on official events, they now dig deeper into the political,
economic and social aspects of existing problems.

Journalists from Yerevan, Vanadzor, Gyumri, Ijevan, Alaverdi and
Stepanavan submitted materials produced between 1 October 2009
and 1 October 2010. Issues such as forest management, protection,
conservation, use, illegal logging and its consequences were covered.

The results of the competition were announced on 25 November 2010.

The [email protected] million ENPI Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG)
programme supports governments, civil society and the private sector in
the development of sound and sustainable forest management practices,
including the prevention of illegal forestry activities.

From: A. Papazian