South Asia Media Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change

Date:18 May 2011 to 20 May 2011
Venue:Dhulikhel, Nepal
Contact Persons:Daan Boom, Tek Jung Mahat, Adaptation Knowledge Platform
Type:Workshops
Programmes:IKM

Background

News reporting on climate change has become one of the most effective means to educate people on what is happening in different ecosystems, how the situation is changing, and what the changes mean to people living there and to the global community. Lack of understanding of the issues often leads to serious misreporting of the facts adding further confusion to climate discourses.

The objective of the media workshop is to provide updated scientific information on environmental issues, particularly with regard to increasing impacts and vulnerability due to growing climate and socioeconomic changes and adaptation needs of the people in South Asia. 

Workshop components

The workshop will consist of briefings from climate change specialists followed by question and answer sessions; interactive discussions between participants on how best to cover the subjects, facilitated by experienced journalists; and offers of networking opportunities, specifically tailored to the situation in South Asia. Additional resources that journalists need for sustained coverage of climate change, especially how to adapt to it, will be provided.

The tentative programme is to have presentations from experts and interactive sessions on the first day, a whole-day field visit on the second day, and more presentations and discussions on the third day, especially on the lessons learned from the field visit.

Participation costs

The workshop organisers; the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia (Adaptation Knowledge Platform); the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN); the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); and the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) are covering all the direct costs related to this workshop. This includes international airfare, visa processing, local transport and accommodation and food during the workshop period for all the selected participants.

Target participants

Journalists from Print, TV, Radio or online media who regularly cover environmental issues, especially climate change and its effects, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Selection criteria

Those interested in participating should complete the application form, and send to youthmedia@icimod.org with copy to info@climateadapt.asia along with updated CV (max 3 pages) and two clippings/links to relevant published news reports (print, audio-visual, online etc).