The Secretary General of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) and the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) H.E. Mr. Daud Abdi Daud welcomed the official announcement of the Forum of Climate Change Journalists in Eastern and Southern Africa (FCCJESA) which is aimed at progressing efforts aimed at creating awareness on the challenges of climate change in Africa.
Over 40 journalists from 23 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa have established the first ever Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Change Media Network, which will act as a forum for the exchange of views on the implications of climate change on people’s lives and also act as a channel to convey climate information to the public. The network, which is to also act as a partner to COMESAEAC- SADC Climate change programme to sensitize the public on adaptation and mitigation to climate change, was established in Kampala, Uganda in a meeting that took place on 23-26 April 2013.
The three day meeting, organized by COMESA in conjunction with the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA), elected an interim five-member committee, which will coordinate the network’s activities. The chairperson is Mr Patrick Luganda, a regional climate journalist and advocate.
In a statement released by the interim chairman Patrick Luganda, the Forum whose geographical coverage includes 28 countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East Africa Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have developed a five year strategic plan that seeks to have knowledgeable journalists reporting on climate change professionally.
“As the Climate change represents a fundamental challenge to the sustainability of Africa’s growth momentum and also acknowledged the announcement of the regional forum in which I was a founding member and the number of journalists currently present the Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA III), to be held in Addis Ethiopia from 21-23 October 2013. “I affirmed publicly that African journalists are now awakening and ready indeed to sustain accurate reporting on climate change to support the endeavours of African communities in general”.said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) and the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA).
Further, we have also identified projects for the same period,” said Luganda. The strategy will see the communication strategy that communicates matters of climate change to the wider public on issues of climate change that is affecting our region-COMESA, EAC, SADC, and IGAD.