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Communicating climate change issues in Africa


Project Reference: KNAF-0002

Mass media plays a critical role in shaping public opinion, and is indispensable in reaching out to the public, influencing policy and helping set the development agenda. This is no less true in communicating climate change issues.

The project aims to support the Africa Group of Negotiators in communicating to the wider public, and a range of stakeholders, issues being advanced in the climate change negotiations. The main focus of this communication will be the climate change negotiations leading to the 2015 negotiations in Paris.  The UNFCCC, through COP decisions, has set timelines for certain deliverables by Parties.

Using mainstream media, this project will translate the often-technical issues being negotiated under the UNFCCC process into common layperson’s language and promote a more nuanced understanding of the Africa position on key issues as negotiations move towards for an agreement in 2015. It provides a platform to communicate the key issues under negotiations and that will be key for the anticipated agreement in Paris in the COP 21.

This project aims to:

  • To build a critical mass of African journalists reporting on climate change and development issues and particularly on the UNFCCC negotiations.
  • To create a platform where journalists and other key stakeholders e.g. members of the AGN and other key partners such as the African Climate Policy Centre interact
  • To improve the quality of the sources of information for journalists to write the stories.
  • Raise the profile of climate change issues as articulated by African negotiators in the UNFCCC and covering the key themes of the CDKN.

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, an African coalition of civil society organisations, will provide guidance and training through the fellowship to the benefit of five journalists from African countries. The journalists have been selected through the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER), an annual process whose main aim is to catalyse increased African media to the attention of climate change and environment.

The winners of the awards qualify automatically for the The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) which include key activities like sponsorship to attend UNFCCC Conference of Parties, which CDKN has supported.

The journalists represent print, web, radio and television reporting and include both English and French coverage.

 

Funding: £19,400

Timeframe: 1 December 2014 – 31 May 2015

Project Manager: Claire Mathieson

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