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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.

Climate Change Destroying Fishermen’s Livelihood in Jamaica – Special Reports from UN Climate Talks in Durban, South Africa

 

Two Jamaican journalists, of Advanced Media Productions: (Kemorine Sinclair and Kim Ber Ley also of Caribbean Stories) listened intently as a fisherman of Rocky Point, Clarendon, explained the changes he and others have noticed about the beach where they fish to make a living. The visit to the beach was one of two field trips during a one-day journalism workshop on March 29, 2011 on climate change and biodiversity held in Mocho, Clarendon by the Mocho Community Development Association, (MCDA) and Panos Caribbean. Fishermen in Jackson Bay have been complaining that the beach is disappearing. It has not been determined if this is linked to sea level rise or storm surge or if it is as a result of climate change. The workshop among several community intervention activities under a 15 month project funded by Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.

Panos Caribbean & CCMP – Durban, South Africa, December 2011 -As Climate Change talks enter the second week in Durban, South Africa, Jamaican journalist Carol Francis of Jamaica News Network, JNN,  talks to fishermen from the Greenwich Beach Fishing Village in Kingston, Jamaica about how climate change has affected their trade. Carol is one of several journalists from the Caribbean currently attending the global two-week conference.

The serious impact of climate change is felt more severely by those most vulnerable to the global phenomenon and persons in small, rural communities in the Caribbean are among those who will be most affected.

Stanford Gordon, who has been a fisherman for more than 30 years explained that things are so bad that he is seriously thinking about giving up fishing.

According to Gordon, warming coastal waters, and the destruction of coral reefs have seen their catches dwindle. Increasingly frequent hurricanes often means it’s too dangerous to go to sea. Many fear what the future holds.

“We having more storms than years ago and it destroy the coral on the bottom of the sea,’ one of the fishermen explained.

“It mash up fisherman life of living! And nobody cares for us! Nobody!” Another declared bitterly.

Listen to the fishermen talk about the crisis they are facing here: [audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Jamaican-Fishermen-Lament-the-Impacts-of-Climate-Change-PANOS-CCMP.mp3|titles=Jamaican Fishermen Lament the Impacts of Climate Change PANOS-CCMP]

Panos Kicks off year-long 25th Anniversary Celebration with Environment Expo Display

By Andrea Downer, Journalist

 

Kingston, Jamaica. July 8, 2011- Panos Caribbean kicked off its 25th anniversary celebrations in last month by showcasing the organisation’s work in environment at the annual Green Expo which was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica from June 10-12, 2011.

The Green Expo is an environment exposition organized by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT). The expo is usually held during the national environment awareness week, which this year started on World Environment Day, June 5th.

“We decided to take a thematic approach to highlight the work we are doing. So since environment is the area with the most activities right now, we decided to start there,” explained Jan Voordouw, Executive Director of Panos while adding that Panos’ Environment Programme started in 2005.

Panos Caribbean

Panos Caribbean is a regional organization which helps journalists to cover sustainable development issues that are overlooked and misunderstood.  We also help people who are affected by certain issues to express themselves through the media, and as such participate in arriving at solutions.  Panos focuses on themes which transcend national boundaries, such as child rights, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, gender and community solutions to development challenges.

Panos works to ensure that development information is effectively used to foster informed public debate, to promote participation by all groups in society and achieve accountability of leaders and policy makers.

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