The workshop was aimed to enhance the capacities of journalists to report effectively on climate change and to have a better understanding of climate change and other environmental issues. Twenty journalists from various media houses in Bissau including the national radio, community radio stations as well newspapers and online media attended the workshop.
The workshop dilated on a wide range of climate change subject and reporting techniques that are crucial for every journalist who reports on climate change. Various climate change conventions and protocols were discussed including the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. In addition to the conventions and protocols, the workshop also discussed issues concerning climate change and its effect on human society and the role of journalists and the media in particular in raising awareness on the consequences of climate change and environmental protection.
SINJOTECS President, Indira Correia Balde, said that the workshop is very important to the union as it is in line with their social responsibility functions with regards to the civil conduct of journalists and their commitment in the preservation of nature. She further expressed “It makes sense that journalists should be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to raise awareness on how to prevent or avoid major disasters by protecting the environment”. With what we have seen in recent years concerning drought and flooding in certain areas it is now necessary that we mainstream climate change issues in all our activities.