World Congress of Environmental Journalists in Sri Lanka October 19-22

CEC member Dharman Wickremaratne of Sri Lanka is an organizer of the World Congress of Environmental Journalists, October 19-22 in Colombo. CEC member Jinie Dela (also from Sri Lanka) will be participating and giving a presentation on "Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and impacts of climate change".


Mangroves, Muthurajawela marsh, Sri Lanka (3)

My name is Dharman Wickremaratne and I am the World Environmental Journalists Egroup moderator since 6th February 2000. World Environmental Journalists Egroup reachers 4231 EJ professionals over 174 countries. I am also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) and Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum (SLEJF).

The reason I write to you is that APFEJ will hold its 18th World Congress of Environmental Journalists in Sri Lanka from October 19-22, 2009 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

You can support APFEJ World Environmental Journalists Egroup while delivering your message to around 100 journalists from nearly 30 countries at the congress through our congress Kit Bag. It cost only US$ 200.

The theme of this year's congress is "Educate to end Climate Poverty". APFEJ Congresses were held in Thailand, japan, Korea,Nepal, Bangladesh, Fiji, Philippines, China and Malaysia. The 2010 congress will be in Cook Islands and the 2011 congress is in Kasakastan.

The Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists(APFEJ) is a network and regional association founded in 1988,dedicated to promoting education understanding and awareness of the environment through the honest and accurate reporting of local,regional and international environmental and development issues.It acted as the head of national environmental journalist forums or media organizations of 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The APFEJ ad hoc committee was formed in 1985 at a regional conference on media and environment in Delhi organized by UN-ESCAP in collaboration with the UNEP.Today, APFEJ,is the oldest and largest organization of professional environmental journalists, contacts over 12,000 members around the world.

The mission of APFEJ to build into a strong,independent and committed to promote excellence in environmental journalism worldwide by supporting environmental journalists specially Asia pacific through Professionalism, Freedom of expression, Social responsibility, environmental justice, Networking and training.

The 18th World Conference of Environmental Journalists will bring established and aspiring reporters, writers and environmental communicators from around the world to debate, network, develop their professional skills and report on the latest advances in environment and climate change.Environmental journalists have a vital role to play in informing millions of people around the world about the latest advances and controversies in environmental and Climate Change.

Organizers welcome journalists, editors and environmental communicators,NGO activists, Government and UN officials and media professionals such as educationist, film makers, authors and scientists in education and research across the globe from both developed and emerging countries to enjoy exciting programme of events, share experiences, develop new contacts and report great stories.

18th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists will bring together environmental policy makers and activists from every point of view for more than four days of face-to-face meetings with the world's most experienced and energetic environmental journalists.

For more information, contact Dharman Wickremaratne


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