Proposal for Panos South Asia on Climate Change


Raising Climate Change Awareness in Five South Asian countries

Enhancing climate change awareness and understanding amongst journalists in South Asia   March 2012 – March 2014 for Panos South Asia

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Amount awarded to NGO £384,399   ($590,052)              Donor: Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Client: Panos South Asia & Panos London

Overall objective: Increase the South Asian mainstream media’s capacity to play a role engaging their populations and governments in responding to the challenges posed by climate change.

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Specific Objectives:

 1. Increase the capacity of the South Asian mainstream media to produce greater quality and volume of reporting on climate change in a way that includes demand-led stakeholder perspectives

 2. Raise the capacity of national and local media in six South Asian countries to establish climate change agendas

Results:

Editors, CEOs and Chairmen deem climate change to be central to mainstream debate in South Asia

Mainstreaming climate change in editorials, news reporting, talk shows

Enhanced advocacy for high impact-low cost interventions for achieving climate compatible development agenda among concerned policy circles

Increased public awareness of climate change issues and national / international policy responses in the developing and emerging economies. 

Greater public accountability of national climate-change negotiators in developing and emerging economies

Activtities

1. Baseline Survey - Assess media coverage on the issues / tracking national media coverage

2. Editors’ Retreat  -  12 leading mass media organizations debate the central role of climate change, and commit to mainstreaming climate change reporting in their work.

3. Climate Change Fellows Capacity Building:  -  Two regional workshops - Daily support; monitoring and evaluation. Support to ongoing editorial coverage – Story research support

4. Field trips – 24 Journalists witness at first hand the affect of climate change on their region.

5. SACCA Fellowships – South Asia Climate Change  Award fellowship programme integrating 24 print, radio and electronic journalists from India, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bhutan will produce 240 mainstream media reports/programmes on climate change

6. Online Platform - Develop the SACCA website as online resource centre for climate change journalists and editors.

7. Annual Media Excellence Awards SACCAs

8. Sacca Newsletter – Production of a newsletter reaching 3,000 climate change media specialists twice a year.

9. Impact Report - Monitoring and evaluation summary of project impact.