Africa Climate Media Workshop

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NECJOGHA is currently seeking donations for the event described below.

For more information on how to help fund this effort and raise awareness, contact Patrick Luganda.
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Africa Climate Media Workshop

Improving Media understanding of Climate Change Information for Application in the Greater Horn of Africa Sub Region

Venue:
The training workshop is proposed to be held in Arusha, Tanzania.
Date: October 28th -31st 2008
Organizers:

  • Secretariat -Network Of Climate Journalists in the Greater Horn of Africa-(NECJOGHA )

Project Supervisors

  • IGAD Climate and Prediction Centre Nairobi-(ICPAC)

Project Supervisor
Professor Laban Ogallo-Director IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center-Nairobi
Principal Investigator
Patrick Luganda- Chairman Network of Climate Journalists

Potential Sponsors:

  • Development Donors, Regional Institutions, International Institutes on Climate and Environment, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services

Major Objective
The major objective of this training workshop is to create a critical mass of well trained climate journalists in Africa by improving the capacity of senior media reporters, sub editors and editors within Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to cover climate and climate change issues more accurately, in a credible, effective manner. A number of journalists from the rest of Africa will also be invited to participate to introduce them to climate journalism. This will increase their potential to inform, educate and mobilize the public, policy makers, researchers and development partners about climate and climate change in general so as to help the decision-making process at all levels to enable positive utilization of climate information for betterment of livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa sub region and the rest of Africa.

Participants
The four day workshop targets 30 media practicing journalists including reporters, sub editors and editors from radio, TV and print media. The participants will have a unique opportunity to interact with senior climate expert scientists and leading media trainers in the region.

Background and Justification
Increasing agricultural production through application of climate information is a critical intervention in reducing poverty through increased outputs and incomes. Adaptation to climate change on the other hand is an important intervention for all global communities in the face of changing climate scenarios particularly in Africa.

Expert studies, including the 4th IPCC report, show that Africa lags behind the rest of the continents in putting to advantageous use available climate information and preparing its peoples to face the rapidly changing climate situations. Yet, public dissemination of information that is generated by the climate science community could go a long way in creating mitigation and adaptation capacities of communities and countries against climate variability and climate change.

The media has immense potential to play a lead role in informing the public as well as a variety of stakeholders in the climate information cycle to mitigate disasters, make informed decisions as well as mitigation and adaptive planning at various levels of governance. This workshop seeks to address some of these bottlenecks by engaging the media, which are the main source of information to the public, governments and society in general.

Objectives

  1. Enhance the capacities of journalists in climate and climate change reporting
  2. Introduce the journalists to climate information in the context of sustainable agriculture and food security
  3. Write and release stories on climate related sectors
  4. Editing and graphic skills improvement for sub editors
  5. Editors and media houses enhanced appreciation of climate information
  6. Create a critical mass of journalists in the sub region

Expected outcomes

  1. Credible climate/climate change reporting increased.
  2. Critical mass of well informed journalists on climate issues established.
  3. Science based understanding of climate science
  4. Informed Public and public participation in climate for development
  5. Workshop Report