Mekong: Sustainable News

Mekong: Sustainable News


To promote a form of journalism that will contribute to sustainable development in the Mekong region.
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April 2019
April 2021


Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are all predominantly rural countries; indeed, in the last three, more people work in the agricultural sector than any other. These four countries are among those that are most affected by climate change, especially in rural areas. They also have to cope with major challenges in terms of air and water pollution, food safety and new pandemics.

Faced with these threats, the work carried out by journalists is absolutely critical, as it makes it possible to raise people's awareness and inform them about the issues linked to sustainable development, so that they will be inspired to play their part in making the environmental changes needed in their respective countries.

Launched in 2019, the Mekong: Sustainable News project is helping to improve how scientific news topics are being processed in the Mekong region, especially by digital media organisations. It is encouraging journalists to cover environmental subjects in a positive and humane way, by highlighting tangible solutions. Journalists have to act as intermediaries between the scientific community and the general public, so that people can be informed about the most relevant points concerning the key challenges ahead.

The project is specifically financed by the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects, Civil Societies, French-Speaking Countries and Human Development, which is run by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

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Journalists from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, especially young professionals from online media.

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1.Training courses on the fundamentals of journalism, paving the way for scientific specialisms or environmental specialisms (data journalism, fact checking, video...)

  • Training courses on web writing, digital tools (verification, data-journalism, fact-checking, geolocation) and video reporting.
  • Workshops on relationships with the audience, the use of social network sites and the social responsibility of journalists (morals, ethics, and combating fake news).

Mekong: Sustainable News – first initiatives launched in Cambodia

July 1, 2019

On 22 and 23 June 2019, the eight journalism trainers who specialise in issues concerning sustainable development met in Phnom Penh.

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Burmese editorial teams receive data-journalism training

October 15, 2019

In late August 2019, six Burmese media outlets took part in a data management training course at Yangon, in order to enhance the content of their articles.

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2.Training courses and support for the production of content focusing on environmental protection and climate change

  • A training course for trainers on how to analyse local issues and understand international negotiations
  • Drawing-up of technical data sheets for educational and journalistic use (online, in four languages)
  • Specialist training courses on how to handle subjects relating to the effects of climate change and to environmental protection
  • Training courses and support for the production of documentaries focusing on issues affecting the Mekong Delta
  • Assistance in producing digital content

Microplastics pollution in Vietnam: bringing useful information to citizens

December 5, 2019

In November, twelve Vietnamese journalists received a specialized training in Ho Chi Minh City on the impact of microplastic on environment and their potential impact on human health to better cover the issue and understand the work of scientists.

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Launch of the Mekong Media Initiative

June 3, 2020

CFI launches a scheme to support online newsrooms in the Mekong region to publish content on environment, health and sustainable development.

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Understanding the technical link between dams and water distribution on the Mekong River

July 25, 2020

What is the real impact of dams construction on the Mekong River ? What is a drought and what are the causes? This was the theme of the 2nd edition of the “Science Talks" held in Phnom Penh on July 23.

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3.Training courses and support for the production of content focusing on sustainable forms of production and consumption and on health

  • A training course for trainers on how to analyse local issues and understand international negotiations
  • Drawing-up of technical data sheets for educational and journalistic use (online, in four languages)
  • Specialist training courses on how to handle subjects relating to agroecology, irrigation methods, environmental health, and what to do in the event of a natural disaster
  • Field trips, study visits to farms and an environmental health unit (in France), to help the participants to become more specialised and produce reports
  • Assistance in producing digital content

Explaining economic development through data journalism

February 21, 2020

Supported by Phandeeyar, a partner in the Mekong: Sustainable News project, the business editor at The Myanmar Times, Thit Nay Moe, has recently published an article entitled 'Myanmar's economy - a kitten among tigers?', using data visualisation techniques.

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“Featuring Green Growth”: CFI and GRET launch their visual storytelling training program in Laos

March 25, 2020

Field trips, talks with experts, popular scientific information will be at the heart of the "Featuring Green Growth" training program CFI and GRET are launching in Laos. Up to 15 journalists and media content producers will be selected before April 10th, 2020 in Laos to report on natural resources and agriculture issues.

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Mekong: Sustainable News launches ''Science Talks'' in Cambodia

June 9, 2020

How are the Covid-19 tests performed? What measures are planned and necessary to enable nationwide testing? What is the status of the spread of the virus since Cambodia's borders began to reopen?

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Announcing the selected participants to the "Featuring Green Growth" programme

July 10, 2020

CFI and GRET are delighted to announce the selected participants for the "Featuring Green Growth" storytelling training in Laos to start in August 2020. With ten participants (6 men and 4 women).

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#MekongNews celebrates environmental reporting in the Mekong region

July 27, 2020

As we celebrate World Nature Conservation Day on July 28th, CFI gives you an overview of the outcome of the Mekong Media Initiative.

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