Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Change Media Network

Journalists at the Conference in Munyonyo, Kampala

East and Southern Africa Climate Change Media Network Born.

COMESA Weekly Newsletter Issue 134
Over 40 journalists from 23 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa have established the first ever Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Change
Media Network, which will act as a forum for the exchange of views
on the implications of climate change on people’s lives and also act as a channel to convey climate information to the public.

The network, which is to also act as a partner to COMESAEAC-SADC Climate change programme to sensitize the public on adaptation and mitigation to
climate change, was established in Kampala, Uganda in a meeting
that took place on 23-26 April 2013.

The three day meeting, organised by COMESA in conjunction with
the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa
(NECJOGHA), elected an interim five-member committee, which
will coordinate the network’s activities. The chairperson is
Mr Patrick Luganda, a regional climate journalist and advocate.

“There is need for continuity and sustainability of efforts to adapt
to the recurrent changing climate trends. This journalists’ network
will work towards strengthening these efforts,” Mr Luganda said.

Judith Akolo, a climate journalist with the Kenya Broadcasting
Corporation and a member of the elected committee said that just
talking about climate change as an individual has never been helpful.

“Coming together is going to help us share experiences, put together information and jointly work to disseminate it within our communities. Climate change effects know no boundaries. What happens here is also what happens elsewhere; thus, the need to put
our efforts together,” she added.

The other three members are from the Comoros Islands, Malawi
and Zambia; and the interim committee with the support of COMESA will meet again to come up with concrete activities for the network’s engagement and advocacy activities; as well as the sustainability of the network.

Dr Mclay Kanyangarara, the coordinator of the COMESAEAC-SADC programme on Climate Change said, “Let us promote discussions on this
issue in all possible forums: in classrooms, bedrooms, salons and
so on.”
The COMESA-EAC-SADC Climate Change programme is supported by a number of cooperating partners, mainly the EU, Norway and DFID.