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REGIONAL MEDIA WORKSHOP
20 September 2022 to
21 September 2022
Ghulam Ali & Neraz Tuladhar
REGISTER CONCEPT NOTE
Organisers: Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative, ICIMOD, and WWF-Pakistan
This regional workshop aims to build the capacity of journalists from Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) member countries – Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan – on environmental reporting. Prominent environmental experts, climate journalists, and academics from renowned international institutes will share their technical knowledge and expertise to help journalists expand their quality coverage of environmental issues affecting the HKPL (also known as ‘Bam-e-Dunya’ in Persian, meaning ‘roof of the world’).
The training will bring together 20–25 journalists from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. The participants are expected to:
Loss of biodiversity, climate change, rapid land use change, degrading ecosystem health, uncontrolled tourism, and food and nutrition insecurity are some of the key challenges of the HKPL. Journalists can play an important role in addressing such environmental issues. Their role is important to highlight these environmental challenges to decision makers and the need for collective action for transboundary sustainability. Their stories can have a powerful impact on audiences at different levels, from grassroots communities to the leadership.
For the last two years, ICIMOD through its Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative has collaborated with WWF-Pakistan in organising workshops on environmental journalism (including a media workshop organised in 2021). The workshops primarily focused on environmental journalists from Pakistan. Now, for the first time, both organisations will collaborate with international academic and media institutions from several countries to train journalists from the HKPL for better environmental reporting.
Moderator: Barsha Rani Gurung, KMC Officer, ICIMOD
China: Professor Long Ruijun, Director, International Centre for Tibetan Plateau Ecosystem Management, Lanzhou University, China
Tajikistan: Mamadsho Ilolov, Center of Innovative Development of Science and New Technologies, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan
Pakistan: Naeem Ashraf Raja, Director Biodiversity Programme, Ministry of Climate Change
Addressing the local context as a global issue: Reaching a wider international audience, pitching, and selling news to reputed international media outlets
Interactive session on developing an interactive multimedia story
Facilitator: Syed Muhammad Abubakar
Overcoming challenges in environmental reporting and capitalising on opportunities in the HKPL countries
Shabbir Ahmed Mir, Founding Editor, Ibex Media Network, Pakistan
Ruchi Kumar, Independent journalist
– Challenges faced by women journalists while reporting on the environment
– Why incorporating gender perspectives in environmental reporting is important
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