MANIPADMA JENA is a senior international environmental journalist in India. Winner of the Best Media Reporting Award in 2012 from the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaption Forum in Bangkok, she writes for the London-based Thomson Reuters Foundation and for Rome based IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency, the 5th largest global news agency.
Manipadma travels widely within Asia and in her country to cover environment and climate change issues and events, and within these contexts, highlights food security, renewable energy, natural disasters, gender and indigenous communities.
Her recent coverage of international events on sustainable development include the Convention on Biological Diversity, Eleventh Conference of Parties – CBD COP11 in Hyderabad India 2012; International Exposition Yeosu in South Korea 2012; The 2nd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Bangkok Thailand 2012; UN Convention to Combat Desertification-UNCCD COP10 in Changwon South Korea 2011, UN Environment Programme: World Environment Day in New Delhi, India 2011; LEAD-Pakistan’s media workshop on Cross-border Water Issues – India & Pakistan, Islamabad 2010 and as a World Bank fellow, covered the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) in New Delhi and preparatory Fourth SACOSAN workshops in Sri Lanka, 2009.
Manipadma has made media related presentations at South Asian events. She has also traveled extensively over Europe, UK and the USA.
A current media fellow of Bonn head-quartered UN Convention to Combat Desertification- UNCCD, in 2012 she highlighted desertification and the Great Green Wall from Inner Mongolia, China.
She is currently researching and writing on renewable energy in India on a fellowship from
Centre for Science & Environment- CSE, New Delhi.
Manipadma is a media trainer on the Millennium Development Goals for environment, poverty and gender.
Earlier she was a State- edition Times of India columnist. She has also published among others, in India’s public-reviewed Economic & Political Weekly journal, national dailies the Hindu, the Economic Times, The Telegraph, the Deccan Herald and others. Her in-depth reports have resulted in raising issue-based questions in the Indian Parliament several times.
A passionate photographer, Manipadma often travels to indigenous Indian communities to photograph their ways of life. During her time spent with tribal people she hears them relate their folk tales that they still hold in the oral tradition. She has put some of these in her book ‘Folk Tales from the Hills and Fields of Orissa’. Transcribed from tribal dialects and illustrated with tribal art the book is available online from Print Asia.