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ICIMOD Headquarters and Western Nepal
03 November 2023 to
10 November 2023
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This intensive, in-person multimedia residency focuses on empowering journalists to effectively communicate the critical issues of climate change and resilience building with a focus on climate-resilient agriculture. Journalists will be exposed to the basics of climate science and intricacies of effective storytelling and video story production techniques to prepare them to confidently deliver engaging digital climate change stories. At the end of the training, participants are expected to produce a high-quality digital story centered around climate adaptation and climate-resilient agriculture, which can be published by local, regional, and international media outlets.
The environmental discourse can feel distant from everyday life due to the abstract nature of climate science and fuzzy numbers. Our objective with this training is to bridge this gap. Through this training, journalists will learn how to demystify the complex language of climate science and make it accessible and relatable for the average person. Moreover, this training seeks to humanise the work carried out by the Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems (GRAPE) project. By personalising climate change and illustrating its impacts and responses, the journalists will play a vital role in fostering understanding, awareness and preparedness within communities.
The training will capacitate journalists from South Asia with essential skills in visual climate storytelling to cover different aspects of climate-resilient agriculture including local initiatives, challenges, and solutions in Hindu Kush Himaya (HKH) region. The training will provide strategies for effectively and engagingly communicate the on-the-ground realities of climate change, particularly around agriculture and climate resilience. It will equip participants with the expertise to develop and present scientifically sound stories that are easily accessible and understandable to the general public.
Upon completion of the training, participants will:
This training is for freelance and staff journalists from photojournalism, video/documentary, and print/web media who regularly cover environmental issues, especially on climate change and its impacts, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
The training will be held in-person in Kathmandu and the course will focus on four tracks critical to digital storytelling:
Journalist and Filmmaker
Neelima Vallangi is an independent writer, photographer and filmmaker from India, currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her stories, film and images have appeared in reputed publications such as The Guardian, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Smithsonian.com, Al Jazeera English, National Geographic, The Hindu, Indian Express, Mint etc. With a keen interest in nature and mountain ecosystems, she specialises in offering in-depth features and unique stories from the Himalayan region and Indian subcontinent. She enjoys purposefully getting lost in the mountains and going to faraway corners where Google Maps fail.
Deeply inspired by the many months spent among the lofty peaks of Himalayas over the last decade, the unprecedented changes taking place in the high mountains moved her to start covering the repercussions of climate change in 2019. She has worked extensively in the harsh environments of high-altitude Himalayas over the course of her career as a travel writer and photographer. She builds on that formative experience to report on the emerging challenges of climate change and associated environmental and cultural shifts in these least reported regions. Her current work is focused on climate storytelling and creative communication using various channels such as documentary films and books, science and environmental journalism in major media publications, talks and workshops, newsletter and social media explainers to help improve public understanding of climate change and make climate science accessible to everyone. Her work portfolio on climate change and Himalaya can be seen here.
‘The Weight of Water’ marks her directorial debut, made in collaboration with British filmmaker Deej Phillips. The feature length documentary film combines climate science with character-driven storytelling to showcase the detrimental impacts of climate change on the water cycle and how it is affecting communities in Nepal. She is the lead author of the book ‘The Heat is On: Climate Change Stories from Koshi Basin‘’, which is a comprehensive but easy-to-read primer simplifying climate science and illustrating various climate issues and impacts through plain language and human interest stories from Koshi basin in Nepal. Her short films on climate change in Uttarakhand were screened at COP27, and she is currently working on her second feature length climate change documentary film set in Ladakh, along with several other climate stories and projects in development.
Learn more about the instructor’s work:
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ICIMOD will cover all direct costs related to the workshop, including international airfare, visa processing, local transport, accommodation, and food during the workshop for all selected participants.
This is a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified individuals have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. The eligible applicants must be located within ICIMOD’s working areas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. In addition, applicants should not be affiliated with a political party or engaged in any political activities, and not be focused solely on religious activities.
All participants are required to come to the training with either a digital HD video camera or mobile phone with video capabilities or adequate photography gear or illustration tools. All participants are required to come to the training with a laptop.
Two virtual sessions of 1.5 hours each will be conducted before participants arrive in Kathmandu to achieve the following:
Participants will receive the reading material and an introduction to the project and field sites so they can start conceptualising potential story ideas and angles that will be developed further during the workshop.
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Climate-resilient agriculture adopts a holistic approach integrating simple, affordable, and nature-based solutions with innovative technology to address the challenges posed by climate change while ensuring sustainable food production. It encourages sustainable agricultural practices, focusing on resource efficiency, conservation, emission reduction, and biodiversity protection. This approach incorporates innovative techniques such as biological pest control, biological fertilisation, conservation agriculture, drought-resistant crops, climate-resilient cropping system, digital agro advisory services, and advanced weather forecasting systems.
Farmers stand to gain significantly from climate-resilient agriculture. It reduces the risk of crop failure due to extreme weather events or changing growing seasons. By implementing resilient farming practices, yields are optimised, leading to more stable incomes. Consequently, farmers are less vulnerable to financial setbacks resulting from weather-related losses. Additionally, climate-resilient agriculture promotes environmental stewardship, benefiting both farmers and the planet by fostering sustainable agricultural practices.
As part of the Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems (GRAPE) project, ICIMOD is taking the lead in implementing GRAPE Field of Action (FA) 2 – action research – in Karnali and Sudurpashchim provinces of Nepal. The focus is on participatory action research and demonstration of proven climate-resilient agriculture solutions to minimise climate and socio-economic risks and vulnerabilities. The project puts great emphasis on gender equality and social inclusion for ensuring green and productive agroecological systems that supports mountain livelihoods and economy.
We are working with universities, research institutions, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, and governments at all levels to ensure research-into-use through informed policy and decision making so that local communities benefit from adoption of context specific, gender friendly proven solutions and innovations at scale.
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