Climate Change and Biodiversity in Focus of the Media and Academics

Sep 11, 2017

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

More than 80 journalists and academic researchers took part in a series of workshops on September 8-10, 2017, which aimed to promote the UN Conventions on Biodiversity, Desertification and Climate Change, and support their implementation in Georgia.  

The workshops were organised by a non-governmental organization Georgia’s Environmental Outlook (GEO), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF), in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and natural Resources Protection of Georgia, and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The UN Conventions on Biodiversity, Desertification and Climate Change are among the first international treaties ratified by the Parliament of Georgia back in the 1990s. Some legal and policy measures have been implemented at the national level since then. The work is ongoing with the focus on raising public awareness about the Conventions and illustrating practical benefits of their implementation. The media and academic sector play a critical role in this context to stimulate scientific research, accumulate academic knowledge and spread information to the public.

The initiative supported by UNDP and GEF aims to raise awareness on the UN Conventions, create working partnerships with the Georgian media and academia, and open the door to their active involvement in policy-making and practical implementation.

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