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Media Workshop on Climate Change at Imphal, Manipur

The three-day media workshop at Imphal, Manipur, marked the beginning of the series of media workshops on climate change reporting in the North Eastern region.

Manipur Governor Dr. NajmaHeptulla inaugurated the workshop on December 3, 2016, the presence ofstate environment ministerIrengbamHemochandraand other guests.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by technical sessions on state climate action plan, adaptation strategies and impact on agriculture. Thespeakers were Dr. M Homeshwor Singh (Head of state climate change cell), Dr. Dinabandhu Sahoo (Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development), Dr. I Meghachnadra Singh (Principal Scientist, Indian Council of Agriculture Research, NER complex), and Dr. T Brajakumar Singh (Deputy Director, Directorate of Environment, Government of Manipur)

A total of 51 media participants from both Imphal and other surrounding districts had attended the workshop.

The second day of the workshop involved a daylong field visit to a carbon-positive village Phayeng, located in the West district of Manipur and a visit to Karangisland in the Loktaklake. The visit enabled media participants to interact with village communities and understand their understanding and strategies to conserve forests and water with the help of traditional knowledge. Visit to Phayeng was very useful as a series of climate adaptation initiatives are underway in the village.

The workshop concluded on the third day with an interactive roundtable session aimed at bridging the gap between different stakeholders for better climate change reporting.Senior editor of the Imphal Free Press, Mr. IrengbamArun, Dr. T Brajakumar, P N Vasanti (Director General, CMS) Mr. DineshC Sharma (fellow, CMS) spoke in the session.

Media Workshop on Climate Change at Almora, Uttarakhand

The series of media workshops on climate change reporting, organized by the Centre for media studies (CMS) in collaboration with IHCAP and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) was launched in Almora, Uttarakhand on November 3, 2016. The first workshop took place at the G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPNIHESD), Almora.

In the three-day workshop, thematic expertsand journalists from all over the state participated. Speakers from GBPNIHESD, ICAR-Vivekanand Parvatiya KrishiAnusadhan Sansthan (VPKS), Kumaon University, State Climate Change Cell Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology spoke on different aspects of climate change science and adaptation.

A total of 64 media participants from Almora, Dehradun and other parts of the state attended the workshop.

On the second day, participants were taken on a daylong field visit for exposure to different aspects of climate-resilient technologies and climate change adaptation at the community level. They visited experimental farms of VPKS,Rural Technology Complex (RTC) ofGBPNIHESD and village communities in Dadimkhola village in Hawalbagh block.

The workshop ended the next day with a round table discussion among different stakeholders consisting of experts, media persons, editors and civil society representatives with an attempt to bridge the gap between them so as to improve the quality of climate change reporting in the Himalayas.

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