Journalists and conservation groups join forces
Eleven Civil society organisations and six Journalists on Thursday joined forces to see how they could best communicate biodiversity and conservation issues in the Dominican Republic using both traditional and social media.
“We have never used social media before in our work.”
“We are excited to see how social media can make it easier for us to share what we do.”
“I hate the idea of social media but I will listen,” said an older participant.
These were some of the initial views expressed at the start of the two day workshop being put on by the Critical Eco-system Partnership Fund (CEPF) and Panos Caribbean in Santo Domingo from March 13-14, 2014.
This workshop is the third in a series being put on under a regional project to bring civil society organisations together with members of the media for networking as well as to build the knowledge of the media about Key Biodiversity Areas and the Non-Government Organisations working to conserve them.
“We also wanted to train civil society organisations in communication skills and deepen their understanding of the media, their operations and motivations,” said Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, Regional Coordinator for Panos Caribbean.
Panos Caribbean is a regional non-government organization based in Haiti and Jamaica. It has received funding from the CEPF to implement the regional project titled, ‘Strengthening the Engagement of Caribbean Civil Society in Biodiversity Conservation Through Local and Regional Networking and Effective Sharing of Learning and Best Practices’.
Participants share ideas on how to make communicating biodiversity issues sexy to the media and other stakeholders on the first day of the CEPF – Panos workshop in Santo Domingo.
Juan Manual Diaz, Sustainability Director at the Instituto Dominicano de Desarollo Integral (IDDI) shares a successful project that his organization has done in Baharuco