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Reporting environmental issues in Bam-e-Dunya



Date & Time

20 September 2022 to 21 September 2022



Organisers: Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative, ICIMOD, and WWF-Pakistan


About the workshop

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’).


Expected outputs and outcomes

  • Knowledge building around key environmental challenges and issues in both HKPL member countries and at the Hindu Kush Himalaya level
  • Improved transboundary collaboration among journalists towards highlighting environmental issues at the regional level
  • Enhanced knowledge of the effective use of digital tools and social media platforms to promote news stories, analyses, and messages
  • Improved understanding of research and technical reports on environmental issues and how to simplify them for use in news stories
  • Opportunities to develop and pitch story ideas and publish stories in reputed international print and broadcast media
  • At least one news piece/broadcast package as an outcome of the workshop
  • Better understanding of the water–energy–food–ecosystem (WEFE) nexus approach.


Eligible participants

The training will bring together 20–25 journalists from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. The participants are expected to:

  • be active journalists from local and national media organisations
  • be full-time or freelance journalists or bloggers with a demonstrated interest in the environment in the HKPL
  • possess strong knowledge of journalism and journalistic skills
  • have knowledge of the HKPL



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.



Nepal Standard Time (NST) Programme Resource person(s)
Opening session

Moderator: Barsha Rani Gurung, KMC Officer, ICIMOD

11:00–11:05 Short introductory video on Bam-e-Dunya
11:05–11:10 Welcome remarks Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD
11:10–11:20 Keynote speech Ashiq Ahmad Khan, Scientific Advisor: Ev-K2-CNR, Pakistan
11:20–11:45 Afghanistan: Mustafa Hasani, CEO, Daira Sabz Environmental Consulting

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

Remarks from RMC members



11:45–12:00 Water–energy–food–ecosystem nexus (in the context of Pakistan and Tajikistan) Mohsin Hafeez, Country Representative – Pakistan and Regional Representative – Central Asia, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
12:00–12:15 Leveraging partnerships and actions to address socioeconomic and ecological challenges in the Bam-e-Dunya region Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO, WWF-Pakistan
12:15–12:20 Break
Technical session: Global attention with local contexts and skills
12:20–12:40 Promoting the Bam-e-Dunya landscape in the media Omair Ahmad, South Asia Editor, The Third Pole
12:40–13:00 Climate journalism and post-COP26 climate reporting: Opportunities in environmental journalism (fellowships and grants) Leo Hickman, Editor, Carbon Brief


13:00–13:10 Q&A session
13:10–13:50 Presentation

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

Matthew Swaine, Course Director, MA International Journalism, Cardiff University


13:50–14:00 Closing of Day 1 Neraz Tuladhar, Media Officer, ICIMOD


Nepal Standard Time (NST) Programme Resource person(s)
Moderator: Syed Muhammad Abubakar, Communications Specialist, IWMI


HKH landscapes and Bam-e-Dunya: Environmental challenges and role of institutions Nakul Chettri, Regional Programme Manager, Transboundary Landscapes, ICIMOD
11:10–12:00 Panel session with journalists

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

TBD, China


12:00–12:15 Making media gender inclusive


–         Challenges faced by women journalists while reporting on the environment

–         Why incorporating gender perspectives in environmental reporting is important

Sidra Khalid, Senior Research Officer – Gender and Social Inclusion, IWMI Pakistan
12:15–12:30 Promoting content on digital media Sarfraz Ali, Web Editor, Daily Pakistan
12:30–12:40 Current engagement of media and flood situation in Pakistan Abid Mehmood, Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University
12:40–12:50 Environmental journalism in South Asia Syed Muhammad Abubakar, Communications Specialist, IWMI Pakistan
12:50–13:10 Interactive session with experts and participants Ghulam Ali and Babar Khan, ICIMOD
13:10–13:15 Break
Closing session
13:15–13:25 Conclusion and way forward David Dunkley Gyimah, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University
13:25–13:30 Closing remarks and vote of thanks Ghulam Ali, Programme Coordinator, HKPL, ICIMOD


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