A pizza party for environmental journalism

The winners of the 2009 Biodiversity Reporting Award in Brazil
The Biodiversity Reporting Award (BDRA) ceremony took place for the ninth consecutive year in Brazil last week in an informal ceremony at a pizza place in one of the world’s largest metropolises – São Paulo.

Around 300 guests – including the Executive Secretary of the Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira – gathered to recognize the work of Brazilian journalists and celebrate the top environmental stories produced over the past year.

Brazilian top model Mariana Weickert was the hostess of the event, which is done in partnership with NGO SOS Mata Atlântica.

This year, the BDRA received 115 news articles from Brazil’s top reporters, producers and editors. The first prize winners were Liana John, from Terra da Gente Magazine, in the print category, and Estevão Ciavatta, from Canal Futura, in the TV category.

The BDRA was created by Conservation International in 1999. Today it is held in 9 countries. CI staff members from headquarters and the Brazilian office attended the ceremony.

For more information, visit: www.premioreportagem.org.br

Marcele Bastos is the Communications Coordinator for Atlantic Forest Program at Conservation International Brazil.

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