The three-day State-level media sensitisation workshop is being organized at Srinagar from July 09, 2019 to July 11, 2019.
The inaugural session of the workshop would be addressed by senior government officials like Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor, J&K State, B Siddhartha Kumar, IFS, PCCF & Director, Department of Ecology Environment and Remote Sensing, J&K, Sonam Lotus, Director, India Meteorological Department, Srinagar and Sonam Wangchuk, Founder and Advisor, The Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), said the statement.
It said the workshop is being jointly organized by Centre for Media Studies (CMS), Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and Department of Science and Technology (DST).
“The objective of the workshop is to brainstorm and share experiences on environment reporting with a special focus on climate change. The three–day event will revolve around the sensitisation of media persons in the area of climate change and to engage media persons in dialogues on climate change adaptation. During the workshop, experts from environment, agriculture, wildlife and earth sciences will be speaking on science and policy related to climate change and adaptation initiatives in context of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said.
It said that the workshop will include presentations by scientists on the issue of climate change and field visits, to expose participants to community-level impacts and work related to climate change adaptation, and discussion on media-related issues. Media experts will also share their experiences about writing on climate change issues.
“The real challenge of climate change reporting is to connect changes occurring at the local level with climate science and policies. We are trying to build this capacity among journalists,” stated P N Vasanti, Director General, CMS, New Delhi.
“These workshops give participants a platform to interact with state level experts on climate change and media fraternity on various aspects of climate change. Ten such workshops have already been held in Almora (Uttarakhand), Imphal (Manipur), Gangtok (Sikkim), Shillong (Meghalaya), Aizawl (Mizoram), Kohima (Nagaland), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Darjeeling (West Bengal), Agartala (Tripura) and Guwahati (Assam),” said the statement.
“The Indian Himalayan Region is one of the most vulnerable mountain systems in the world. Experts believe, if effective measures are taken in time, it may be possible to prevent further degradation of the ecosystem. It is also expected that these workshops would enhance the capacity of environmental journalists and highlight climate change adaptation issues in local and regional context,” the statement said.