Capacity Building for Young Communication Professionals in Africa

Workshop was held in Morocco aiming to present the results of the 3rd edition of the e-learning program and to strengthen the network through exchanging and sharing of knowledge and experiences of each other and to provide young journalists with new scientific and media skills

The ‘Fondation Mohamed VI pour la Protection de l’Environnement' has launched e-learning programme based on environmental education promotion for young journalists from Morocco and other African countries. As part of the regional meeting of the 3rd edition on E-learning 2016-2017, a workshop was held on 25 May 2017 at the Hotel Kenzi Tower Hotel in Casablanca, bringing together young journalists and communication professionals in Environmental protection, nature conservation and sustainable development for 21 young environmental journalists, including 8 from Africa (Côte d'Ivoire, Tunisia, Burkina Faso and Senegal).

This year's plenary session was distinguished by a presentation on the theme "Climate change and COP22" explaining the phenomenon of "climate change" reality or scientific myth and its consequences on the Earth, nature and man. During the workshop participants shared their views and discussed trends and developments in climate change. It was followed by an open debate on the "Role of the media in covering environmental issues".

Conclusion of the Workshop :

  • Strengthen the network of journalists benefiting from this training and eventually transform it into an active network of young African journalists committed to protecting the environment, nature conservation and sustainable development. 

  • Announce the launch of the 4th edition next September - Reiterate Morocco's commitment (Marrakech declaration at COP22) in the protection of the environment and insist on the role of the media as relays to dispatch it on a large scale.

  • Statement by Mr Brahim Haddane, Member of the CEC SC, on behalf of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN / CEC). Mr Haddane recalled IUCN's commitment to the Foundation to support its various programs and gave a brief presentation of the Union's actions in environmental awareness through the Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) including the #NatureForAll program. Nature becomes an essential element in the quality of human life in the city, in the school, in the hospital, in the centres of the handicaps, in the cities and in the rural areas. 

#NatureForAll was designed to reduce or alleviate the impacts of climate change on humans and biodiversity. He invited young journalists to promote this program in their countries through the publication of articles in written or audiovisual media to safeguard nature and its ecological integrity. He handed the leaflet prepared by the commission to the participants for inspiration when drafting articles and to invite them to join CEC online.

N.B : Foundation Mohamed VI for environmental Protection is a non profit organisation created in 1999 to promote environmental education and sustainable development at national, regional and international level. There are 6 programs implemented with public & private partners on Environmental Education on Beaches cleanness, littoral protection, Air pollution, Rehabilitation of historic gardens, Sustainable tourism, Young reporters.

About the Author

Brahim, Regional Vice-Chair for the Mediterranean, is a graduate of the Veterinary School of Rabat (IAV Hassan II), wildlife option and holds a Master in biological science option Nature Conservation from ‘ the Royal College of London 'and a certificate on zoonotic diseases from Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp / Belgium. He worked for 30 years at Forestry Department / Ministry of Agriculture in Rabat on the ex situ conservation and management program for the reintroduction of national endangered wildlife species. He is a founding member of The ASMAPEC (Moroccan association for environment and climate protection), NGO member of IUCN. He is also Member of the Moroccan Association for ecotourism and nature conservation. Brahim is also a Bureau member of the Royal Moroccan Federation for Hunting and promotion of sustainable hunting in responsible ecotourism for rural development in remote areas.

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