KATHMANDU: Gobinda Prasad Pokharel, One of the emerging science journalists from Nepal and Scientia Paistan’s active contributor, has been awarded the ‘Environment Conservation Journalism Award’ by the Department of Environment of Nepal.
The award includes a cash prize of Rs 50,000, which was handed over to him by Minister for Forest and Environment Birendra Prasad Mahato at a function organised at the department premises on Sunday to mark World Environment Day 2023.
World Environment Day 2023 was a reminder that people’s actions on plastic pollution matter. The steps governments and businesses are taking to tackle plastic pollution are the consequence of this action. It is time to accelerate this action and transition to a circular economy.
Pokharel has been covering various issues related to science and technology, wildlife, climate change, biodiversity and science policy in Nepal for over a decade. He has also contributed his writings to several national and international media outlets such as The Third Pole Online, The Xylom, Scientia Mag and others.
Pokharel also received the Environment Journalism Award from the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) in 2022 and the Science Journalism Award from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Nepal in the same year.
Pokharel is a science and environment reporter for Kantipur Daily and secretary of the Nepal Forum of Science Journalists.
Saadeqa Khan is the founder, CEO, & Editor-in-Chief of Scientia Pakistan. She’s a member of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network (Second Cohort) and NASW. Saadeqa is a fellow of NPF Washington, The Falling Walls Foundation, and the Science Journalism Forum. Saadeqa has won several international journalism grants and awards for her reports.