Saturday, October 25, 2008

Climate Change Seminar for Samoan Media

APIA (SPREP) - The basics of climate change were explained to representatives of the Samoan media during a lunch hour seminar earlier this week.
The seminars acknowledge the important role of the media in disseminating information on this issue of critical importance to the Pacific.
It is hoped that a better-informed media that will ultimately result in a better-informed public on climate change issues.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Government of Samoa (MNRE) and the Journalists Association of Samoa (JAWS) worked together to stage the Climate Change Media Seminar.
Annie Rasmussen, the Principal Climate Change Officer of MNRE made a presentation on the work that has been undertaken in Samoa to adapt to climate change, along with some of the challenges faced. Espen Ronneberg, SPREP’s Climate Change Adviser, provided the journalists with the basic knowledge on climate change and some of the work being carried out at the regional level. “I think it went quite well - we tried to bring across the key climate change messages in a non-technical manner.
We explained impacts on Samoa and the Pacific Islands Countries, tried to explain some of the issues for reporting, that mitigation is minimal in global terms but sends a political message of importance - 33% by 2015, and that the global scientific community agree that it is happening, it is feasible and economical to take action.
Adaptation is possible, but it is critical that action begin now” according to Ronneberg.”Both Ronneberg and Rasmussen stressed that adaptation must be done in a sustainable manner acceptable to the community.Representatives from a large number of media organisations throughout Samoa were present for the climate change media seminar.

*JAWS acknowledges the assistance of Nanette Woonton, Espen Ronnerberg and Anne Rasmussen.