Journalists in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are often in need of resources (space, time, and means) to support investigative stories on the impacts of climate change and other drivers of change. Under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), and specifically its communication and outreach component, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GRID-Arendalandthe Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO) will provide a limited number of grants to support professional journalists in reporting investigative stories on climate-related environmental issues, with special regard to adaptation measures.
Journalist in the field
Photo: ICIMOD/Jitendra Bajracharya
HICAP is a major initiative under ICIMOD’s Regional Programme on Adaptation to Change. It focuses on five sub-basins of major Himalayan river systems: two sub-basins of the Brahmaputra and one each of the Indus, Ganges, and Salween-Mekong. The HICAP grant programme seeks to encourage journalists from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to report on climate change across the five sub-basins: the upper Indus, Koshi, upper Brahmaputra, eastern Brahmaputra, and Salween-upper Mekong.
Journalists should cover climate change in these target areas in an innovative and creative way. They should be willing to examine all aspects of climate change and its impacts: environmental, economic, and social. They should also investigate how communities can adapt to change and suggest possible solutions for the problems encountered.
To qualify for a grant, applicants should apply via the online application form before 5 May 2014 and provide the following information:
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of experts from ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal, international senior journalists, and senior editors from the region. Only successful applicants will be notified via email.
HICAP project region and study sites