Training workshop for environmental journalists on "Investing in coasal ecosystems"

30 March 2012 | Media advisory

Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, sea level rise, and potential tsunami. In addition, other coastal impacts has been rapidly increasing such as salt intrusion, ecosystems changes, depleted coastal fresh groundwater resources, uncertain livelihoods of local people in coastal areas,..What should be the solution to coastal sustainable development, to reduce unavoidable impacts, to adapt to rapidly changing coastal areas, and to improve local people’s livelihoods? Investing in coastal ecosystesms could be seen as one reliable and sustainable solution, to secure future for coastal areas.

In Viet Nam, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) has been implemented by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Vietnam with major financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Using slogan « Investing in coastal ecosystems », MFF has adopted mangroves as its flagship ecosystem in recognition of the important role that mangrove forests played in reducing the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the severe effect on coastal livelihoods caused by the loss and degradation of mangroves. However, MFF embraces all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, wetlands, beaches and seagrass beds.

In recognition of the important role of communications in increasing knowledge, demonstrating initiatives as well as drawing attention from policy makers in order to find out solutions in environmental protection and sustainable development, IUCN and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has conducted some researches on the role of communications and press in reflecting environmental issues in general and coastal ecosystems in particular.

1. Report on environmental coverage in three Vietnamese newspapers (Viet Nam Investment Review, Thanh Nien and Lao Dong newspaper) in 2010. This report was prepared by International Union for Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Center of Training and Communications (CETAC), Viet Nam Environnent Administration (VEA), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) within the framework of project «Promoting active participation of civil society in environmental governance » funded by the United Nations Environnent Fund (UNDEF). The purpose of this research is to identify current status of environmental coverage in three Vietnamese prestige newspapers: Viet Nam Investment Review, Thanh Nien, and Lao Dong newspaper ; and to propose training outlines for Viet Nam journalists with the aim of improving the quality of environmental articles and news.

2. REDD+ politics on media: Case study in Viet Nam. This study was conducted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) within the framework of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) at global scale during 4 years. The study’s purpose is to provide international and local policy makers with a set of information and necessary toolkits to efficiently reduce emission and result in benefits to different partners.

All the abovementioned studies have shown the limited coverage and poor quality of articles and news on environment, coastal ecosystems, and REDD+, especially in expressing scientific information and diversified perspectives. The major causes of this issue can be rooted from: missing updated information, lack of understanding or professional skills.

In order to provide journalists with updated information, and to enhance their professional skills, IUCN in collaboration with CIFOR and CETAC/VEA/MONRE is organizing the training workshop for journalists on «Investing in coastal ecosystems» from 27 to 29 March 2012 in Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue & Quang Nam.

The training will be organized on 27 March 2012 in Da Nang. The field trip will be held in Lap An Lagoon, Thua Thien Hue and Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area, Quang Nam from 28 – 29 March 2012. Journalists will have opportunities to meet and discuss with local authorities and local people to understand about mangrove conservation and rehabilitation, conflict management/ resolution in Lap An Lagoon; and the impact of MPA establishment on livelihoods of local people (Cu Lao Cham MPA).

Spokerman:
CETAC /VEA/MONRE: Mr. Trần Phong, Director, Center for Training and Communciations, Vietnam Environment Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

IUCN Viet Nam: Mr. Jake Brunner, Mekong Programme Coordinator (Myanmar, Cambodia and Viet Nam).

CIFOR Viet Nam: Dr. Pham Thu Thuy – Coordinator of REDD programme in Viet Nam

Media contact:
CETAC/VEA/MONRE: Ms. Tran Linh Chi – Communication Officer, Center for Training and Communciations, Vietnam Environment Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Tel: 84.4.2241.5273, Mob: 0915.124.342, email: tranlinhchi1983@gmail.com

IUCN Viet Nam: Ms. Nguyen Thuy Anh – Communciation Officer. Tel: 84 4-37261575, máy lẻ 131, Mob: 0916451166, e-mail: thuyanh.nguyen@iucn.org

CIFOR Indonesia: MSc. Leony Aurona – Communications Specialist, e-mail: L.Aurora@cgiar.org