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The Media Matter in a Warming World

Lazarus Nafidi from the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia outlines what the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is what the EIF has achieved to ensure Namibia can access these funds.
Participants ask compelling questions at the workshop.
Research Economist, Mr. Mwala Lubinda, from the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia discusses the prospects of the Green Economy for Namibia.
Ms. Uazamo Kaura from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Climate Change Unit explains the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to local journalists.

Journalists from various Namibian media houses participated in a two-day training in the capital to deepen and expand their knowledge on climate change and the latest developments on the topic in Namibia. The National Policy on Climate Change for Namibia calls on the media to regularly cover issues of climate change to empower communities to take appropriate actions, especially on adaptation and mitigation. The media play a crucial role in the fight climate change. But the media can only do so if journalists/media practitioners are well trained on the subject matter. 

Recent studies have concluded that many journalists do not show interest in reporting climate change and environmental matters in general, despite the urgency of these matters globally and especially locally in Namibia which is forecasted as one of the worst impacted countries by climate change. 

It is against this background that the Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (implemented in partnership with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia) trained local journalist on climate change reporting. The training was aimed at enlightening local journalists on the science of climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), climate change and economics, climate change peace and security, climate change funding mechanisms in Namibia as well as how to effectively report on climate change issues.