Buchanan, Grand Bassa County: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has commenced a two day training of forty (40) media practitioners in global environmental reporting.
Participants from the training were drawn from ten (10) of the fifteen (15) counties in Liberia, namely Monsterrado, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Nimba, River Cess, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties.
The training which is taking place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County intends to improve the capacity, understanding and skills of reporters to report on environmental issues that impact biodiversity, climate change and land management and sustainable development. The Journalists are expected to serve as front liners in raising environmental awareness leading to change in attitude and behavior.
The training is part of the Cross Cutting Capacity Development(CCCD) Project focusing on the multilateral environmental agreements with strong emphasis on the three conventions mainly Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification. CCCD is being funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Speaking during the opening of the training, the Technical Advisor to Executive Director Prof. Benjamin S. Karmorh acknowledged the significance of the media in addressing global environmental issues.
“Media practitioners are very important in helping to raise awareness among the public of the work the EPA Is mandated to do through the Act Creating the EPA since 2003. One important task that the EPA is mandated to do is to domesticate the multilateral environmental agreements, supervise the conduct of environmental impact assessment(EIA) and promote sustainable development” said prof. Karmorh.
The training which began Thursday May 26, 2022 is expected to climax on May 27, 2022 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.