Ryan Dagur, fourth from right, a reporter with ucanews.com's Indonesia bureau, receives an award from the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards in Singapore on Oct. 20. (Photo supplied)
The Asian Environmental Journalism Awards has honored ucanews.com reporter Ryan Dagur for his story examining an indigenous community's ecotourism plans in a remote part of Indonesia.
Ryan's entry was declared a Merit Winner in the Story of the Year category. Officials at the award ceremony this week commended the story for promoting an indigenous community's traditional wisdom in protecting forests, in place of local governments that fail to do so.
Ryan's story, "Indigenous turn to ecotourism to protect ancestral forests," explores how a largely Catholic indigenous community in a remote part of Indonesia's West Kalimantan has turned to ecotourism — to avoid the fate of its neighbors.
In the Story of the Year category, Ryan's entry was competing among 76 journalists from 21 different countries across the region. The winner was Zsombor Peter, a reporter with The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh.