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Winners of climate change writing contest go to Paris for climate change conference (COP 21)

Ten journalists from ten different provinces visited the Royal Norwegian Embassy on Wednesday 19 August 2015. They are participants in a project carried out by Dr. Soetomo Press Institute (LPDS), with Norwegian support, aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge of climate change and the REDD+ initiative among Indonesian journalists.

As part of the program, the LPDS in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, has carried out an interpretative feature writing contest on local climate change issues. The winners of the contest win tickets and accommodation to cover the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris later this year (COP 21). The competition was open to more than 300 journalists who are alumni of the LPDS workshops. As much as 42 articles were received in the period in which the alumni journalists were invited to submit. Their contributions were carefully assessed by a jury with extensive knowledge in the fields of journalism and climate change.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy would like to congratulate the winners of this competition, Helti Marini Sipayung from Antara News Agency and Firmansyah from Kompas.com. Good luck in Paris! Furthermore, the Royal Norwegian Embassy would like to thank everyone who participated in, and contributed to, this contest. We hope the contest will stimulate to more investigative journalism on climate change and forest issues across the Indonesian archipelago in the future.

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Winners of LPDS writing contest on climate change and forest go to Paris (COP 21). Congratulations to Helti Marini Sipayung and Firmansyah!