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Journalists from Yerevan and regions trained on covering climate change related challenges

2014-07-03

Journalists from Yerevan and regions trained on covering climate change related challenges

The UNDP in Armenia and the Armenian Red Cross Society teamed up to organize a two day training on climate change related challenges and their coverage by media in Yerevan in the scope of the UNDP-EU “Clima East Pilot Project” and Armenian Red Cross Society “Climate Forum East Project.”

On 2-3 July some 15 journalists representing national and local mass media from Yerevan, Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor regions enhanced their knowledge on climate change and environmental challenges, such as climate change impacts in Armenia, climate change mitigation and adaptation, frequently used concepts and terms on climate change etc. Films, group work and presentations covered a variety of issues related to global warming, extreme climate events, water resources vulnerability, forests and agriculture vulnerability. Representatives of environmental NGOs also attended the training.

Media and environmental experts emphasized the need to present climate change and environmental challenges in user-friendly and simple, but informative language to the general public by traditional and alternative media tools. Moreover, according to them, the media can support ongoing efforts of environmental projects by presenting information to the public in a professional manner and raise awareness on some of the “burning environmental topics.”

The Clima East Pilot Project is funded by the European Union and co-funded/implemented by the UNDP.