Daily Monitor Newspaper’s reporter in Hoima district Francis, Mugerwa has received an international award for his outstanding coverage of climate change issues.
Mugerwa scooped an award in this year’s Africa Climate Change and Environmental (ACCER) Awards during a ceremony that has been organized at the United National Economic commission for Africa headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday night.
The awards were given out during the sixth conference on climate change and Development in Africa.
Mugerwa was given a plaque designed in a shape of the map of Africa with his names inscribed on it and an international certificate in recognition of his work.
The awards were organized by a coalition of civil societies under the umbrella of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Policy Centre (ACPC) and the Climate change and food security (CCAFS) program.
The Officer in charge of the African Policy Centre (ACPC) Mr. James Murombedzi underscored the role of the media in mitigating climate change.
He said the media can mobilize communities to use natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Dr. Barrack Muluka,a PHD researcher in politics and International relations at the University of Leicester led the panel of judges who selected the winners of the awards.
He said journalists have an essential role to play in promoting understanding of environmental issues, unearthing the challenges, monitoring and exposing environmental crimes as well as educating communities.
The award gala was attended by Diplomats, researchers, international civil societies, parliamentarians and technocrats from various African Governments and officials from the African Development bank.