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Competition: win a trip to COP18

In the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 18) in Qatar next month, Panos London is helping Connect4Climate (C4C) and TerrAfrica search for creative young people who have powerful audio stories to share about land degradation and sustainable land and water management in Africa.

Here at Panos we’ve always been passionate about radio and for many years we have provided a platform for people to tell the story of climate change. We want to hear your stories about how land degradation and sustainable land and water management are affecting communities in Africa. It could be first person testimonies or a detailed look at some of the issues or solutions – however you want to tell the story.

The first prize for two winners is an invitation to COP18 in Doha to report on the negotiations for TerrAfrica Green Radio.

Entries must be between two and five minutes long and submitted as an MP3 file. They may be recorded in any language and must also be submitted with a transcript in English or French.

Submissions will be judged equally on:

  • the power of the podcast’s narrative (includes creativity, impact, and lessons learned)
  • potential impact on the competition objectives of raising awareness about African land degradation, sustainable land and water management practices, and also highlighting potential solutions
  • originality.

You do not have to be a professional reporter – anyone can enter as long as they are aged between 18 to 35 years old.

Climate change is at the heart of Panos London’s work and we feel land degradation is one of the greatest threats to communities in Africa.

Caused by erosion, desertification, deforestation and poor farming practices, land degradation means fewer crops can be grown, threatening food security and increasing levels of poverty.

Land degradation also causes droughts and ecological imbalance, threatening whole communities.

Poor and landless farmers find themselves trapped in a chronic cycle of land degradation. In need of land they clear forests and bush to plant food crops, which in turn become degraded forcing them to clear further tracts of land.

Sustainable land and water management are crucial to improving food production and human security.

The good news is there are solutions. These include rain water harvesting, bioreclamation of degraded lands and fertilizer microdosing to improve land productivity, to name a few.

Now it is your chance to tell the story.

To enter click on the Voices4Climate Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59pm EST, October 29, 2012. For more information about the competition and rules, please click here. Your Facebook account logins are required to complete your submission. If you do not have a Facebook account, get one free here.

The TerrAfrica podcast competition is part of “Voices4Climate”, a global photo, video, and music video competition, organised by Connect4Climate.

TerrAfrica is an African-driven global partnership programme that aims to address land degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Launched by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in collaboration with more than 140 global partners in September 2011, C4C is a global partnership program dedicated to climate change communications. Through social media and the web, C4C helps to give voice to local stakeholders that have stories to tell about climate change. In just several months, C4C has created a Facebook community of over 300,000 followers that engage in thousands of interactions per day. Across multiple social media platforms, C4C’s weekly online reach is, on average, between 5 and 6 million.

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  1. yosef

    we have special program in weather and climate change to bring sustainable development in agriculture.
    If we have a got a chance to participate in green cop18.

    • Natiman

      wher r u from ?

  2. Lilly Peel

    Lilly Peel

    Hi Yosef, great to hear about your programme. To take part in this competition and potentially win a trip to COP18 you need to submit an MP3 recording about your programme. Have a listen to this audio feature about severe soil erosion in Nigeria to get an idea of the sort of thing they are looking for in this competition.

  3. yosef

    my name is Yosef and from east Africa Ethiopia.i am working in south mass media radio reporter. i have special event in soil degradation and water management. so if have got a chance i report my best practice in how i can present my program for competition tell me and i submit.

    • Lilly Peel

      Lilly Peel

      Hi Yosef,
      Great to hear you are interested in the competition. To have a chance of winning you need to make an audio MP3 recording of between two and five minutes. It has to be about land degradation or sustainable land and water management. You then need to upload the MP3 file on the Voices4Climate Facebook page under the “TerrAfrica podcast story” category. Here is the link to the page: If you do not have a facebook profile you will need to create one.
      If you have any further questions send me an email –
      Best wishes,

  4. yosef

    programs produced concern with Caused by erosion, desertification, deforestation and poor farming practices, land degradation causes poverty and economical back encourage the African journalist and to produce more valuable programs in economic and climate change.

  5. Glorious Nzembi

    Hi am Nzembi from Kenya and I would like to participate how do I go about it?

  6. Lilly Peel

    Lilly Peel

    Hi Nzembi,
    We would love you to participate! To enter the competition you need to make an audio MP3 recording about land degradation or sustainable land and water management in Africa.
    The recording can only be between two minutes and five minutes long.
    You then need to upload the MP3 file on the Voices4Climate Facebook page under the “TerrAfrica podcast story” category. Here is the link to the page:
    If you do not have a facebook profile you will need to create one.
    If you have any further questions send me an email –
    Best wishes,

  7. yosef

    we continue our training to bring sustainable development in green continue not win only in competition n of the program, but also to win the problems of poverty land degradation in developing country.

    sincerely yours
    Yosef Afama east Africa
    south Ethiopian mass media organization of radio reporter

  8. Yosef

    Thank you very much for you sincerely responses that to help journalists in participating cop18 climate change.
    I have submit one program in Ethiopian national language of Amharic.It indicates the water management and keep our environments from different pollutions. it is the best program how ever the script written in Amharic because of the media speaks in Amharic. but I have wrote the high light in English. so how can you understand the program or the core message in Amharic.In addition to this really we bring radical change in developing country’s we encourage the journalists.the media has a great power to bring sustainable development.

    • Lilly Peel

      Lilly Peel

      Hi Yosef,
      We would be delighted to receive an entry in Amharic! You can produce the podcast in any language. However, you need a full transcript of the recording, not just a summary. The transcript can be in English or French. And just a reminder that the recording can only be 2 to 5 minutes long.
      Best wishes and good luck!

  9. Lilly Peel

    Lilly Peel

    If anyone is having technical difficulty uploading their podcasts on Facebook then please let me know. You can send the podcasts to me and I can get them uploaded.

  10. Netsanet

    Hi Lilly, i can see how you are so supportive for each request, appreciated. Can i add one question? when is the deadline for it?

    • Lilly Peel

      Lilly Peel

      The deadline is midnight October 29th, Eastern Standard Time – that’s this Monday. So only four days to go!
      Good luck!

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  12. catalina

    Hi Im from Colombia and I would like to know if I can participate as well? Colombia is a tropical and poor country with serious problems of land use due of agricultural intensification, and cheical fertilizers. Please let me know

    • Lilly Peel

      Lilly Peel

      Hello, I’m afraid you have missed the deadline for the podcast competition. However, you can still enter other categories of the competition, such as photo and music video sections. These categories are wider – the entries are about climate change in general and do not have to be from any particular region. For more information click on the following link:
      Best wishes,

Lilly Peel

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