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Science and Development Network (, BusinessMirror (, Women's International Perspective (, Inter Press Service (, Women's Feature Service
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science, agriculture, health, water, energy, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, poverty reduction, biotechnology, policy
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I am a freelance journalist with extensive experience in covering environmental issues, specifically climate change. I am also covering health and women's issues in Asia. I am the Asian Winner of the Global IUCN-Reuters Environmental Media Awards on Environmental Reporting 2002.

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World on a tough road to unlock a global climate deal

Written by Imelda V. Abaño / Correspondent BUSINESSMIRROR NEWSPAPER Philippines

Wednesday, 01 July 2009

With just less than six months, world leaders from more than 180 nations will forge an agreement that can contain what may be mankind’s largest challenge in the 21st century. The United Nations climate-change conference slated in Copenhagen, Denmark, will attempt to hammer out a new international… Continue

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 14:30

A Journalist Perspective: Communicating the Urgency of Climate Change

PROFILE : Imelda Abano

A Filipina Journalist on Communicating the Urgency of Climate Change

Imelda Abano is a 31-year-old freelance journalist with an extensive background in environmental, health and development issues in Asia. She currently writes for the Science and Development Network based in London, the Inter Press Service, the Women’s International Perspective News Service based in U.S., and the Business Mirror… Continue

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 4:12 — 4 Comments

Asian Journalists and Climate Change Experts meet in Manila for a Climate Change Media Workshop

Climate change is one of the most pressing and debated issues of the 21st century. It is also suddenly a very hot new topic in the global mass media. From August 12-13, 2008 some 35 journalists and climate change technical experts will meet at the Traders Hotel in Manila for the Climate Change Media Workshop for Southeast Asian, China and Bangladesh Journalists.

The Philippine Science Journalists Association, Inc. (PSciJourn), with support from the International Development Research… Continue

Posted on August 8, 2008 at 3:03

Selected Participants for the Climate Change Media Workshop for Southeast Asian Journalists in the Philippines

Reporting Climate Change: Creating a Climate

of Change in Southeast Asia

August 12-13, 2008 , Traders Hotel, Manila, Philippines


Pinaki Roy (Dhaka)

Senior Correspondent, The Daily Star


Moeun Chhean Nariddh (Phnom Penh)

Director, Cambodia Institute for Media Studies

Ros Sothea (Phnom Penh)

Staff Reporter, Cambodia TV5

Buth Reaskmey Kongkea

Reporter, The Cambodia… Continue

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 4:20

Apply now! Deadline for Climate Change Media Workshop for Southeast Asian Journalists approaching

Reporting Climate Change: Creating a Climate of Change in Southeast Asia

The application for the Climate Change Media Workshop is fast approaching with deadline set on June 30, 2008. The workshop will be held on August 12-13, 2008 in Manila, Philippines.

All interested journalists from Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, as well as from China and Bangladesh are encouraged to send their application before the deadline.

The Philippine… Continue

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 5:55 — 1 Comment

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At 13:08 on October 25, 2009, Fred Katerere said…
Congrats for winning the
At 8:46 on August 31, 2008, Mr.Moonthala Thalangsy said…
Hello! Ms Imelda V Abano,

The Lao Brewery company ( LBC ) has signed an agreement on a Clean Development Mechanism ( CDM ) emission reductions purchase project with Japanese company Proact International.
Preparations and study on the project have been ongoing since 2003 with supervision from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce's Energy Department and the Lao Water Resource and Environment Authority.
The CDM scheme allows emission reduction projects in developing countries to generate certified emission reduction credits.These can then be traded, sold and used by industrialised countries to meet parts of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.
LBC Managing Director, Mr Kissana Vongsay said the company had made system improvements and sought ways to reduce fuel and energy consumption.
LBC hopes it can have a positive impact on the environment by making these changes and help to mitigate global warming.
Japanese Ambassador to Lao PDR, Mr Masaaki Miyashita, said the Japanese government highly valued the project.
" The project will make significant contributions in overcoming such global issues as climate change and environmental problems as the Kyoto Protocol stipulates," he said.
" It is hoped this project will play a leading role for more CDM project to be developed in Lao PDR in the future."
He said the project would be a good example of transferring advanced Japanese energy-saving technology into the industrial sector of Laos.He said the project was a very important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Japan is addressing climate change in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol and the outcomes of G8 summit held in Japan last month.
Proact International Managing Director, Mr Katsuhiko Otaki, also gave a speech before signing the agreement. He said Laos had shown its commitment for tackling global warming and LBC was being a pioneer by building an efficient brewery with advanced technology.
The agreement was signed at LBC's Vientiane headquarters on Friday by LBC Managing Director, Mr Kissana Vongsay, Proact International Managing Ditector, Mr Katsuhiko Otaki, Japan Ambassador to Lao PDR , Mr Masaaki Miyashita and Water Resource and Environment Department Director Dr Viengsavanh Douangsavanh.
Beerlao first exported to Japan in 1998 through one sale agent. LBC now has two sale agents in Japan.

Best regards,
Mr.Moonthala Thalangsy, Laos.
At 4:50 on August 30, 2008, Mr.Moonthala Thalangsy said…
Hi ! Ms.Imelda V. Abano,

Southeast Asian journalists study climate change.

Climate change is a global issue which needs a global response.

This was the message conveyed to journalists from nine Southeast Asian countries who attended a climate change reporting workshop in Manila, Philippines from August 12 to 13.

Participants came from Laos, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China,Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

They attended lectures by international speakers about the climate system, climate change scenarios ( concerns and challenges for Southeast Asia ),its possible impact ( including natural disasters ), climate change adaptation and reporting the issue.

Guest speaker, Internews Earth Journalism Network Executive Director, Mr James Fahn, said it was essential for journalists to ensure they understood all of the words used in discussions about climate change.

" Media should ask questions to make sure they understand scientific jargon and technical terms and then explain these terms to the public to make it easier for them to understand, " he said.

Mr James Fahn also spoke about ways journalists could localise global issues and explain to their audiences how they would be affected by climate change in their own countries.

Another speaker was the Asian Development Bank Regional and Sustainable Development Department's Director of Energy, Transport and Water Division, Mr Woo Chong Um.

" Climate change mitigation has to be very much a part of development programme, " he said.

" Energy, Water, Transport, urban development and agriculture projects all relate to climate change and these environmental aspects should be considered as part of a government's agenda for development, he said.

" According to Mr Woo Chong Um's presentation at the workshop, actions to mitigate climate change include promoting the transition to low-carbon economies through energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources.It also involves promoting sustainable transport systems, improving urban sanitation, reducing landfill and using land sustainably.

Mr Woo Chong Um is part of a term working on the Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project in Lao PDR.He said the project had considered issues of climate change and had an effective management plan to mitigate the project's environmental impact.

The workshop aimed to improve media coverage of climate change issues and to foster greater collaboration between journalists and climate change experts.

The workshop was organised by the Philippines Science Journalists Association and sponsored by the International Development Research Center ( IDRC ).

At 5:54 on August 28, 2008, Mr.Moonthala Thalangsy said…
Hello !
Climate change media workshop for southeast Asian journalists
held at traders hotel, Manila, Philippines since 12 - 13 August, 2008
really increased my new knowledge and skills.

Best regards,
Mr.Moonthala , Laos.
At 11:42 on August 19, 2008, Arne Storronningen, chief editor, Future in our hands, Norway said…
thanks for your invitation.
Arne S.
At 19:00 on June 23, 2008, Rina Mukherji said…
Was just wondering...since you have included Bangladesh, is India included as a participating country??
At 16:52 on July 9, 2007, Lynda Chambers said…
Thanks for the invitation, Imelda. I look forward to opportunities to communicate further over the coming months.
At 12:26 on July 6, 2007, Christina Scott said…
Imelda's going to join me and Padma Tata in Sydney later this month at the AIDS conference!
At 3:25 on July 5, 2007, Kim Kierans said…
Hi Imelda,
I am currently in Manila until July 19 at Ateneo to teach an advanced reporting class. Where do you work? If you want to SMS me I can be reached at 09157733254. Cheers, Kim
At 18:48 on July 4, 2007, Constance Kretz said…
Thanks for the invitation! A pleasure to meet you on this network.


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