ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION WORKSHOP

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SOUTH PACIFIC REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (SPREP) Apia, Samoa

NEWS RELEASE May 18, 1999

BEGINS IN MARSHALL ISLANDS

Marshall Islands media and government officials are participating in a national workshop that began today aimed at improving their ability to communicate environmental issues to the public.

The workshop is the second in a series of six being run by the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with funding from UNESCO. Each covers television, radio and print, using practical exercises to boost participants’ skills in presenting environmental information in a clear and interesting way.

SPREP Director Mr. Tamari’i Tutangata said there were many interesting stories to tell about the environment, particularly in the Pacific. "There are also many important facts which members of the public, and policy makers, need to know. This course will help the communicators to tell those stories."

During the course of the three-day workshop, the media participants will produce a television documentary, radio documentaries and stories, and newspaper stories and articles, based on environmental issues of concern in the Marshall Islands. At the same time, environmental officials will produce fact sheets and media statements, for later use in their public information work.

Mr. Tutangata said the workshop was fortunate to have the assistance of skilled media trainers.

"All four trainers have years of experience in their particular fields, in television, video, radio and print, which I am sure will be of long-term benefit to journalists and government officials."

Later SPREP/UNESCO national workshops on communicating environmental information to the public will be held in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.

For additional information: Jan Sinclair, Editorial/Publications Officer South Pacific Regional Environment Programme Tel: (685) 21 929 Fax (685) 20 231 E-mail: jan@sprep.org.ws Website: http://www.sprep.org.ws

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