Media is often a critical link between policymakers and the public. The media focus on environmental issues is increasing, especially in light of the global interest in climate change. This is why GWP regularly organizes awareness-raising workshops for journalists. GWP South America and GWP Caribbean recently organised workshops as a first step to creating journalist networks for knowledge sharing in water resources management.
GWP Peru organized three courses from different geographical regions of Peru about the links between the hydrological cycle, climate change, glacier melting and IWRM in the Andes-Amazon area. The workshops were held in:
- the Andean region, in the city of Cusco, organized by the Centro Guamán Poma de Ayala (October 22).
- the Amazon region, in the city of Iquitos, organized by the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon - (October 29).
- the coastal region, in the city of Piura, organized by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (December 2).
In total 75 media workers were trained and several of them has expressed interest in the GWP South America journalistic network. An important result of the workshop in Piura was the commitment of the representative of the newspaper “El Tiempo” to organise a workshop on IWRM for journalists which is expected to reach a much larger number of media professionals.
In December, GWP Caribbean partnered with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union to host its first regional media workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management which took place in Barbados. Journalists from various Caribbean countries were invited to participate in the two day training course.
The workshop generated some media coverage: