Journalists Take Part in Workshop on Climate Change

Journalists and communication specialists from across the region participated in a media workshop on climate change at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters at Mona, on November 29.

Hosted by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with key participation from regional representatives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the workshop featured presentations, discussions and brainstorming sessions on climate-change adaptation and mitigation and the overall impact on the region.

Representatives came from Cuba, Suriname, Haiti and other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

In an interview with JIS News, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Oral Khan, explained that the workshop should assist in fostering a better understanding of climate science, solutions to climate change and the IPCC process among members of the media.

Presenters at the workshop included IPCC Author, Ines Camilloni, who spoke on climate science; Head of Communications for the IPCC, Jonathan Lynn, who highlighted the role of the Panel and how it produces its reports; and IPCC Author, John Agard, who discussed the key findings by the IPCC for the Caribbean region.

“Climate change will amplify existing risks and create new risks for Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, which are vulnerable to a range of impacts, including sea-level rise and extreme climate events,” Mr. Agard said.

“Nonetheless, there are many opportunities to combine responses to dangerous climate change with development strategies,” he pointed out.

The IPCC regional representatives will also participate in a two-day symposium on November 30 and December 1 at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters.

The symposium is intended to enlist the participation of the local science and research community in climate research, and encourage regional participation. Read more

Source: JIS