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The web team were in exalted prize-winning company on the night as they joined His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who was honoured for his environmental work with The Awareness Award which is given in recognition of achieving an outstanding impact on public consciousness on the subject on the environment. The County Council team took the gong for best Environmental website at the glittering awards ceremony in London, which is organised by WWF.

The BEMAs judging panel in commenting on the Warwickshire County Council's winning website,
said: Warwickshire County Council's environmental site is very up to date, full of energy and has worked very hard on a low budget to get its local community really engaged and wanting to make a difference.
"After a lengthy debate, the judges were swayed by the entry that they felt showed a practical approach to what the individual can do to make where we live a better place to be."

Warwickshire County Council's Jane Inman accepted the award on the night from comedy impressionist Alistair McGowan, who hosted the evening's proceedings.

The Prince of Wales, who was unable to attend the awards as he is on an official visit to Egypt, sent a video message expressing his delight in being given The Awareness Award.
His Royal Highness said: "I could not be more delighted to accept it...this Woking borough council is an issue that has concerned me greatly for many years.

"What we need now, clearly, is a set of positive actions that will really engage human ingenuity and determination and create some solutions, matched by the political and personal will to carry them through.

"You hardly need me to tell you...that climate change threatens all of us, and all of our descendants, so it really is an issue requiring concerted action from every sector of society. And here I think we should probably be starting with energy efficiency, which I believe still has huge untapped potential to make a difference and is relatively simple to achieve on a far greater scale than people imagine."

Other winners included The Sunday Times that won the Dsi Group Award for Environment Newspaper of the Year. The judges were impressed with some of the papers unique reporting angles and the way it made science and politics simple and readable for people not already captivated by the environmental agenda.

The RSPB Award for Environmental Journalist of the Year was awarded to Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor for The Independent. This is the second time Michael has won the award, with the judges commenting on his ability to explore and hammer home the influential issues in a unique and informed style, claiming that his quest to highlight the environmental agenda knew no bounds.

In other categories, Channel 4 News won The Northumbrian Water Award for Best Television News and Current Affairs Coverage, BBC News 24 was presented the WWAV Rapp Collins Award for Best Television Documentary and Country Living won the award for Best Coverage of Environmental Issues by a Magazine.

Editor's Notes:
WWF is now known simply by its initials and the panda logo.

1. The British Environment and Media Award ceremony takes place tonight, Wednesday 22 March at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. The BEMAs were created to promote excellence in environmental reporting among journalists and other professionals, including media executives and owners. The awards were run for 10 years by Media Natura before WWF began managing the event in 2001.

For more information on the BEMAs please visit the website at www.bemas.org.uk. For further information on WWF please visit www.wwf.org.uk.

BEMAs winners 2006
Awareness Award
HRH The Prince of Wales

Andrew Lees Memorial Award - Joint Winners
Georgina Downs of UK pesticides campaign
John Stewart of HACAN clear skies campaign

RSPB Award for Environment Journalist of the Year
Michael McCarthy (Independent)

Dsi Group Award for Environment Newspaper of the Year
Sunday Times

The Northumbrian Water Award for Best Television News and Current Affairs Coverage
Channel 4 News: America Tackles Climate Change

WWAV Rapp Collins Award for Best Television Documentary
BBC News 24: Gas Muzzlers - America's Battle over Global Warming

Award for Best Coverage of Environment Issues by a Magazine
Country Living

Award for Best Environmental Website
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/environment

Award for Best Radio News or Current Affairs Programme
BBC Radio 4: Costing the Earth - The Best Meal You'll Never Have

Best Environment Campaign
Soil Association for Food for life

WWF is now known simply by its initials and the panda logo, in line with the whole international network. WWF, the global environment network, takes action to conserve endangered species, protect endangered spaces and address global threats, by seeking long term solutions.

For further information please contact:

Robin Clegg
Senior Press Officer-Regional
Phone: 07771 818707
Mobile:07771 818707
E-mail: rclegg@wwf.org.uk"