Climate change training forum tomorrow
Christopher Serju, Gleaner Writer
JAMAICA IS hosting a climate change media training forum for journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean starting tomorrow and running until Tuesday, with participants drawn from Haiti, Jamaica, Columbia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Mexico and other countries that have been severely affected by climate change.
Selections were made mainly on the extreme vulnerability of these countries to the effects of climate change, with the aim of improving reporters' knowledge and ability to report more accurately on global change, ocean acidification, temperature rise, drought, pollution, natural disasters, deforestation, desertification, salination and other such issues.
An anticipated spin-off thereafter is that through their coverage, public debate in general will be much better informed and will positively impact policy decisions.
Organised by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in partnership with Voice of America, the forum will include hands-on news coverage of topics during sessions at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The event, which is co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will bring together government representatives, members of civil society, indigenous groups, the private sector and researchers to share emerging lessons from the climate change field, foster partnerships and projects that deliver low-carbon, climate-resilient results.
Meanwhile, more than 500 participants, including climate innovators, policy makers, entrepreneurs, financiers, social advocates, and researchers will participate in the Climate Investment Fund's (CIF) Partnership Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Monday.
Co-hosted by the CIF and IDB and under the auspices of the Government of Jamaica, this fifth staging will bring together donor and recipient countries, multi-lateral development banks, private sector, civil society, and other entities in a concerted effort to trigger climate smart investments. Its primary objective is to highlight emerging knowledge and learning on low-carbon, climate-resilient development.