The IFJ and the Syndicat des Professionnels de L’Information et de la Communication (SYNPICS) held a two-day workshop on Climate Change Reporting for journalists from West and Central Africa, 14–15 October, in Dakar. The Workshop brought together 15 journalists from Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Togo as well as Senegal, to build their capacities in reporting climate change.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Madam Mariam Ndaiye, who represented the Minister, said that climate change is at the very core of everything that we do presently, and can have a devastating impact on our lives. “Climate change” she emphasised “has resulted in lower crop yields, reduced water supply, erosion and deforestation while at the same time impacting on our livelihoods and rendering many people into poverty”.
The Workshop was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Jean Pierre Ilboudo of the UNESCO Office in Windhoek, Namibia. It dealt with various issues including the definition of the concepts and lexicon of climate change and the reporting techniques on climate change, radio as the greatest medium of information on climate change, challenges and injustices of climate change, gaps in covering climate change and the 7 Essential Reporting Tips on climate change.
The Workshop was part of the IFJ-Union to Union Project 2014 - 2016
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