Feb. 21 (GiN)–The Young Environmental Journalist Award has been presented to Ugochi Anyaka of Nigeria for her piece on recycling waste paper in Abuja.

The winning radio report, called “Saving the Trees for Paper briquettes,” featured a project based in a low-income suburb in Abuja that utilizes waste paper to make briquettes.

On receiving the award, Anyaka said, “This story was done to show the opportunities in a changing climate–and not just the woes.

But ultimately, it tells the story of what some Nigerians are doing to protect their vulnerable environment and save their very existence.”

Besides providing employment for the briquette workers, the project provides an alternative fuel to firewood, dramatically reducing the risks of indoor burning of firewood and curbing the country’s deforestation problem.

As part of her prize, Anyaka will travel to the United States as part of a professional exchange under a “green itinerary” designed to involve her greater participation.

Anyaka hosts an environmental radio show called “Green Angle” on ASO Radio and works as a producer, reporter and announcer for the station.

Her environmental blog, Eco Nigeria, can be found at www.greennigeria.word-press.com.