Institution: Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN)
Deadline: 23rd February, 2018
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering Asia-Pacific Story Grants to support the production of in-depth stories on climate and environmental change that provide information that can empower at-risk communities to make better decisions about their options and build their resilience.
BOOSTING CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
Our planet’s environmental future depends on Asia and the Pacific, home to 60 percent of the world’s population, rapidly growing economies and rich pockets of biodiversity. Policy decisions made in countries and intergovernmental forums in this region will influence how drastically global climate will change, which communities can increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change, how many species go extinct and what progress toward sustainable development can be achieved.
Communities living in regions where livelihoods are being most affected by climate change face a two-fold problem: lack of capacity to have their perspectives heard and barriers to receiving information on potential drivers of and adaptation to change. Causes range from information that is unintelligible to the public and policy-makers, to a lack of media coverage and lack of access to communications infrastructure that result from a history of marginalisation, censorship, and poverty. It is also inherently difficult to communicate and to understand the complex background to slow motion crises such as climate change. Finally, for many local journalists in the Asia-Pacific region, access to critical information and data needed to support their environmental stories is often made difficult by a lack of funds, time and expertise, ill-equipped research institutions, or reluctance by authorities to provide open data.
In the face of these challenges, EJN’s Asia-Pacific project seeks to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage in the region by building the capacity of individual reporters, media outlets and journalism networks to report on climate change and natural resource managements issues, to disseminate news and information to vulnerable communities and to help boost the voices of the women and marginalised groups who are most at risk. This work is made possible with the generous funding from Sweden/ the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).