10 journalists from Sumatra, Kalimantan, Papua and Central Java participated in intensive training on covering climate change-related issues, with a particluar focus on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
The training session was convened at the new premise of the REDD+ Agency in the Mayapada Building in Jakarta on Tuesday, 19 August 2014. The session was also attended by 25 journalists from Timor Leste participating in a separate training program by LPDS. The Session was part of a nine-day course that will cover techniques and skills in covering climate change related issues, including the ones that they covered during the Project’s former field trips.
During the opening session at the REDD+ Agency’s office, the journalists received an update on the progress of REDD+ Initiative in Indonesia from the Head of the Indonesian REDD+ Agency, Minister Heru Prasetyo, an update on the bilateral partnership between Indonesia and Norway on REDD+ from Advisor Nita Murjani from the Norwegian Embassy, in addition to lessons on the science of climate change, global warming and REDD+ from the Agency’s Deputy of Planning and Funding, Mr. Agus Pratama Sari.
During the Program, participants also visited the Agency’s Situation Room. Ms. Nurdiana Bariyah Darus, the Agency’s Deputy for Technology, System and Monitoring, explained the facilities and the equipment in the ‘Situation Room’ that processes REDD+ related data and info, to ensure their accuracy and measurability to inform on the ground implementation, i.e. to address forest fire and haze occurrences.
Journalists and media are important agents for communicating and socializing climate issues and the REDD+ cooperation to the public, especially people living in the forest regions or in the areas prone to climate change impact. The Training Program is aimed at equipping journalists with sufficient knowledge on the issues and skill to make appropriate and educative coverage.