The impacts of climate change in the Pacific islands and the challenges of communicating it to the public was the topic of day one of the Strengthening media capacity on climate change reporting in the pacific islands workshop yesterday.

More than 20 journalists from 9 countries from the region shared information on the importance of understanding climate change and its effects, and more importantly disseminating relevant data to the general public.

Participants heard from facilitators about improving the quality and quantity of media coverage of climate change issues.
Facilitating the workshop is the Secretariat of the pacific regional environment programme together with Pacific Environment journalist’s network and Earth journalism network.

The Indian high commissioner who opened the week long workshop says that media representatives need to deepen their understanding of the climate change issues in order to rightly filter the information to their viewers and listeners.

The workshop is funded by the Indian government and supported by the UNDP.

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