CDM African Radio Contest 2012


Following the success of last year's inaugural contest, broadcasters and freelancers from Africa were invited again to grab their microphone and recording device and create a compelling, exciting radio story that answered the following question: "How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?" Their stories are aimed at spreading the word about the benefits of the CDM in Africa and especially in under-represented regions of the continent.

All nine short-listed contestants will be invited to the 2012 UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar to attend a media workshop. The workshop focuses on building communication capacity for African journalists so that they can learn about the CDM and promote the mechanism in their countries.

2012 African Radio Contest Winners
Changing Lives Changing Lives

First Place: Michael Wambi from Uganda First Place: Wambi Michael from Uganda

This story is about the CDM Bujagali hydroelectric power project in the West Nile region. The project was commissioned to alleviate Uganda's acute shortage of electricity, minimize load-shedding, provide clean energy and improve the well-being of its citizens.

Second Place: Emmanuel Okella from Uganda Second Place: Emmanuel Okella from Uganda

Okella's story features the installation of a biogas system used for cooking in a public school kitchen in Uganda. The project owners are optimistic that they might receive a loan with no interest fees under the CDM loan scheme, which supports innovative carbon reduction projects in the least developed countries in an effort to increase participation in the CDM.

Third Place: Jonathan Mwanzia Nzomo from Kenya Third Place: Jonathan Mwanzia Nzomo from Kenya

According to this story, little has been done to bring awareness about climate change in Kenya. The journalist explains that the CDM could help people use alternative sources of energy, avoid cutting down trees and learn about the importance of environmental conservation.