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Imelda Abano


Imelda Visaya-Abaño is an award-winning journalist and media trainer from the Philippines who has been covering climate change, biodiversity, agriculture, energy and other environment-related issues for over 18 years.

Abaño, a former board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), is the Internews' Earth Journalism Network's Content Coordinator for the Philippines and the Pacific. She writes and commissions articles on climate change and environment-related issues in the country apart from overseeing EJN programs and activities. She also helped train more than 8,000 journalists from across the globe on climate change and environmental reporting.

She is the founding president of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ), an organization which aims to empower and enable local journalists to improve the quality of environmental and climate change reporting in the Philippines. Under her leadership, more than 1,000 local journalists have benefited from PNEJ through a series of media workshops, web seminars, study tours, linkages to local and international media organizations and scientists, and other activities. She led the implementation of the PNEJ and EJN's SMS Reporting project in the Philippines involving local journalists and people in the community using ordinary mobile phones during and after a disaster event.

Abano was among the first batch of journalists to join the Climate Change Media Partnership in 2007 to cover the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Bali, Indonesia and afterwards became a UNFCCC fellow covering series of climate change negotiations, from 2008-2014, including the climate negotiations in Paris in 2015.

Ms. Abaño is the first Filipino journalist to receive the Asia Developmental Journalist of the Year Award (2009) by the Asian Development Bank Institute in Japan, as well as the Gold Medal Award on Humanitarian and Development Affairs Reporting in 2008 organized by the United Nations Correspondents’ Association in New York City. In 2009, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) honoured her the “Ani ng Dangal” Awards for her exemplary journalistic work. She was also awarded the Asian Winner on Environmental Reporting in 2002 by the Reuters-International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

For two consecutive years (2017 and 2018) former Al Gore's Climate Reality Project honoured her as the 'Climate Media Champion' in the Philippines.

She co-authored the Klima 101: A Climate Change Guidebook for Philippine Journalists, launched in 2016.


Area of Environmental Journalism Interest
Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Cities, Environmental Health, Oceans, Policy, Journalism Skills
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Climate change, biodiversity, environmental journalism,


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Philippines and Pacific Content Coordinator
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Internews' Earth Journalism Network
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