Ugochi Anyaka (29) A radio journalist from Nigeria won the United Nations Environment Programme's Young Environmental Journalist Award (YEJA), beating over 120 entries from reporters across Africa.
She received her award at a special ceremony held during the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
The winning report, entitled Saving the Trees for Paper Briquettes, was broadcast on ASO Radio in Nigeria, where Ms. Anyaka works as a journalist and presenter.
The radio feature profiled a project in a low-income suburb of Abuja that manufactures briquettes from waste paper, in order to provide an alternative fuel to traditional firewood.
The project aims to reduce the health risks associated with indoor use of wood fuel, reduce deforestation and provide a source of income for the briquette makers.
Ms. Anyaka's report also discusses the role of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
In this blog, she will share her thoughts, experiences and encounters as she travels across the US on a specially-designed 'green itinerary'.