The first training workshop for the Terra Media project took place at the Institut français in Antananarivo between 24 and 29 October 2016, attended by ten radio stations that had already received training as part of the Media 21 project.
Launched in 2015 to coincide with the Paris Climate Conference, the Media 21 project worked extensively with media organisations in locations including Africa to help them further incorporate climatic, ecological and environmental issues into their editorial policies. Following on from this initiative, Terra Media aims to build on the knowledge already developed while at the same time perfecting the technical skills of the journalists taking part, to tie in with key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Led by the
RFI journalist and trainer Arnaud Jouve, over six days the journalists were brought up to speed on these different subjects, supported by NGOs and local partners with an active role in these areas. These included the NGOs CARE, Groupement Semis Direct de Madagascar (GSDM), Action Against Hunger (ACF), and the Madagascar Biodiversity Fund (FAPBM), and a representative from the Madagascan Ministry of Health.
The journalists are now armed with all the tools they need to ensure these issues are addressed in a professional way at each of their radio stations.
« As a journalist, I have a duty to inform and educate the people about the negative impact of climate change. This training is therefore indispensable, because climate change is an issue that affects everyone ».
Philiberte Amiko, of Radio Antsivabe (Morondava)