Green Pen Awards (30 March 2010)


The Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists(APFEJ), International Green Pen Award is presented each year at the annual congress for journalists who have made a significant contribution in promoting environmental journalism.

The Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists(APFEJ) is a network and regional association founded in 1988,dedicated to promoting education understanding and awareness of the environment through the honest and accurate reporting of local, regional and international environmental and development issues. It acts as the head of national environmental journalist forums(NFEJ) or media organisations of 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Members every type of medium, include journalists working for newspapers, magazines, radio, broadcasters, NGOs, environmental groups, government agencies, scientific authors, filmmakers and as freelancers etc.The APFEJ adhoc committee was formed in 1985 at a regional conference on media and environment in Delhi organized by UN-ESCAP in collaboration with the UNEP.

Today, APFEJ,is the oldest and largest organization of professional environmental journalists, contacts over 12,000 members in nearly 150 countries around the world.The mission of APFEJ to build into a strong, independent and committed to promote excellence in environmental journalism worldwide by supporting environmental journalists specially Asia pacific through Professionalism, Freedom of expression, Social responsibility, environmental justice, Networking and training.

International Green Pen Award is open to all full-time or freelance journalists in the world working in all forms of media, the environment, UN, government agencies and NGOs. It is aimed to recognize the leadership of individuals in the field of environmental journalism - people who help, inspire and support others in the field. Each winner receives a Trophy and an award certificate. No cash prize. Entry fees apply for developing country citizens US$ 100 and for all others US$200 per each entry No entry fees for APFEJ national chapters recommended NFEJ members.

Nominations can be made by March 30, each year and must include the nominees name, contact details, examples of their work and reasons for the nominations.

The 2010 awards were presenting on June 05, 2010 at a special ceremony at the 19th World congress of Environmental Journalists in Suva - Fiji.
Nominations can be sent to:

Nominations can be sent to by Post:

Dr.Dharman Wickremaretne
Director- International Green Pen Awards
Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists(APFEJ)
PO Box 26
434/3 Sri Jayawardenapura.
Sri Lanka.
Tel:++94-71- 2733986 / 5648151