Covering the Green Beat in Asia

On April 26, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Asia Program hosted a panel on environmental journalism in Asia, in collaboration with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.

Watch a video or listen to audio of the panel discussion.

Screen shot of panelists from video 

The future of Earth's environment will be decided in Asia, home to 60 percent of the world's population and some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Journalists play a key role in informing audiences about the future and current state of the environment and what can be done to protect it. Yet, in a time when environmental issues have never been more pressing, media coverage remains constrained. Thousands of journalists are working to correct the imbalance, making great efforts to cover the environment in the face of obstacles from governments, corporations, criminal elements, and even their own editors.

The panel discussion included environmental journalism leaders Imelda Abano (Philippines), IGG Maha Adi (Indonesia); Joydeep Gupta (India); and Lican Liu (China); they discussed their work as reporters and the actions they have taken to support environmental journalism in their countries and region.

Lican Liu is in charge of the water program at Greenovation Hub, a Chinese NGO focused on environmental protection and innovation. Liu also works for the International Center for Communication Development, where he manages the Environmental Health and Climate Change program that aims to improve Chinese journalists’ understanding and coverage of these issues.

An energy and environment reporter for over 15 years, in 2011 IGG Maha Adi became editor in-chief at, the first independent environmental website in Indonesia.

As Director of the Third Pole Project, run jointly by ChinaDialogue and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Joydeep Gupta writes and commissions articles on climate change, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable development for the bilingual environmental news website

Imelda Abano has covered environmental and development issues in the Philippines for 14 years. She is the Senior Correspondent of the Philippine Business Mirror Daily. Albano is the President of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists Inc, which she founded in 2010 with the assistance from Internews.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Asia Program in collaboration with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.

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