CEC member Dharman Wickremaratne reports on the success of the 18th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists. More than one hundred environmental journalists and opinion makers from 34 countries attended,
We would like to thank IUCN CEC representative for attending the key events related to the 18th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists, held October 2009. We also very grateful to the IUCN CEC support, which in turn enabled us to raise additional support as well.
We look forward to collaborating with the IUCN- CEC on social justice activities in the future as well.
Secretary /Chief Executive
Asia Pacific forum of Environmental Journalists(APFEJ) & Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum
From the report
More than 103 Environmental Journalists and opinion makers from 34 countries attended the conference. More than 30 papers and keynote addresses were presented by some of the world's leading environmental journalists, environmentalists, climatologists, economists, policy makers, and opinion leaders.
The Asia Pacific Region is particularly vulnerable to negative impact of climate changes. At the beginning, the role of media and the potential contributions of journalists and broadcasters to the environmental movement were not well understood. Only in the last few years, faced with continuing widespread public apathy and nonchalance towards environmental issues have international agencies begun to acknowledge the possible crucial contribution of the media in promoting the environmental protection campaign. Media can help raise the critical awareness level to the point where popular pressure and action can be brought to bear on government, policy makers and the private business sector to begin to back their words with action. It is with this goal of raising the profile of media as a contributor to environmental advocacy that the Congress prepared to meet to discuss climate change.