Media Workers Trained in Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency

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Participants of the two-day CBIT training in session

Conservation International (CI), in collaboration with authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), with support from Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has concluded a session of training with media practitioners including journalists and Public Relations Officers with the aim of bringing them to the consciousness of transparency.

THe two-day workshop was held under what the organizer themed as “Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).”

The training seeks further to increase the skills and knowledge of communication Officers to communicate the work of the CBIT and Nationally Determined Contributions Hub (NDC), and it brought together over 50 participants on February 26 and 27 at a local resort in Monrovia.

During the training, media workers were trained to provide short and impactful messages that will be educative to the public when it comes to CBIT.

Jefferson Nyan, Multilateral Environment Agreement Coordinator at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said communication is one of the important activities under the CBIT because information dissemination is key in conveying Climate Change messages as this global phenomenon becomes visibly clear in Liberia now.

He urged participating media practitioners to pay keen attention to presentations from facilitators in order get the steps and strategies in giving information about the subject area because depending on the information from the media, the audiences who are also stakeholders in actions that mitigate climate change may be distorted and the concept misunderstood.

The senior program manager for the CBIT, Nelson S. Jallah, said transparency is the hallmark of the CBIT project, and it is concerned with implementing the project in a transparent way to the final stage in compliance with Article 13 of the Paris Agreement which calls for enhancing the transparency of the framework).

Mr.Jallah said the objective of the CBIT is to provide direct technical support to harmonize the method of agricultural activities, use of energy and transportation activities.

He disclosed that the CBIT was created at the request of parties to help strengthen the institution and technical capacities of non-annex countries to meet the and enhanced transparency requirement defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement.

Atty. Patmilia Doe Paivey, lead facilitator of the workshop, said the strategy is to educate citizens about substantial land management through increased awareness on policies that support substantial land management practice such as protection, conservation substantial use of resources.

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