Nelly Bassily | June 29, 2009
The Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) was created following a series of discussions between journalists and climate scientists at the Climate Outlook Forum of 2002. The group realized that the general public was limited in their ability to use climate information and prediction services because information was produced in technical, jargony language.
The network’s goal is to enhance the interaction between climate scientists and journalists and, in so doing, to disseminate climate information in ways that are easily understood by all, including policymakers and the general public in the Greater Horn of Africa. There are 10 countries in the network: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Patrick Luganda of the NECJOGHA Secretariat describes the importance of climate journalism in an opinion piece: “The Media, Climate and Society – The Africa Story.”
NECJOGHA provides many resources on its website, including:
-News stories about climate, posted by members on the homepage: http://www.necjogha.org/.
-A forum to discuss reporting and recent news, or debate issues surrounding climate change, natural disasters, and government policy: http://www.necjogha.org/forum.
To become a registered user of the NECJOGHA website, go to: http://www.necjogha.org/user/register.