Climate change is producing drastic changes to many pacific island nations.
The Very few journalist’s who are well-trained and learned on communicating climate change related issues to the general public were reason enough to hold a media workshop, for the very purpose of bridging the gap.
The media workshop on Strengthening Media Capacity on Climate Change Reporting was held on July 24-25 in suva.
The main aim was to enhance the capacity of 28 journalists and communications officers in reporting on climate change and excelling on the quantity and quality of stories and other forms of information on climate science.
Participants came from Solomon Island, P.N.G, New Caledonia and Fiji.
Speaking at the Workshop Internews Earth journalism network Philipines and pacific region content coordinator Imelda Abano says that climate change is currently the biggest environmental challenge we are facing, and the media and communicators have a critical role to play in guiding the public to understand and at the same time report accurately on the matter at hand.
More importantly to tell their stories.
The two-day workshop was a collaboration between Internews’ EJN, the Secretariat of the COP23 Presidency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, in coordination with the Pacific Islands News Association.
The workshop was organized as a side event to the high-level Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference held in Suva last week.
It was also intended to prepare journalists ahead of climate diplomacy events in the lead up to COP24 to be held in Katowice, Poland in early December.