PNG journalists undergo training on climate change

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PAPUA New Guinea journalists and communications officers have underwent training on reporting on climate related issues in Fiji.
They were among the 28 journalists and communications officers from Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Fiji who attended the media workshop on Strengthening Media Capacity on Climate Change Reporting in Fiji on July 24-25.
The workshop was to enhance the capacity of journalists and communications officers in reporting on climate change and increase the quantity and quality of reports and other forms of information on climate science.
Climate scientist and climate traditional knowledge officer of SPREP Siosinamele Lui, said it was important for journalists and communicators to understand the science of climate change in order to report on stories accurately and effectively.
“Translating the science of climate change is not an easy thing to do. But it will enhance stories effectively if it is communicated in a way the public and policymakers can understand,” Lui said.
Imelda Abano, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Philippines and Pacific Region content coordinator, said there was no doubt that climate change was the biggest environmental challenge of the century. She said the media had a significant role to play in raising public understanding, and to report accurately on the consequences of climate impacts in the communities especially with regards to adaptation and resilience.
Pacific Island nations are among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change and journalists have to be well-trained, connected and resourced to meet the challenge of informing the local communities and policymakers of climate-related issues.
The two-day workshop was a collaboration between Internews’ EJN, the Secretariat of the COP23 Presidency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).
Lice Movono, PEJN founding member, said many Pacific journalists were on the frontline of climate change and played an important part of the efforts to address the issue.
“We are all resource people, as communicators and as citizens of vast ocean states where climate impacts are part of our daily lives,” Movono.
“It is important that we understand the richness of the stories we tell and build each other’s capacity to do this work together so the rest of the world is fully aware of how urgent the climate change work is.”

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