Govt courts environment journalists on Sendai framework

Written by  Mathews Malata

A group of over 50 Journalists gathered in Mangochi for an orientation on the new global disaster framework adopted by the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which took place in Sendai Japan in March this year.

Team work_ journalist work together at the orientation Team work_ journalist work together at the orientation

The journalists who are the Members of the Association of environmental journalists in Malawi A.E.J were also appraised on the country’s National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Policy launched two months ago.

The NDRM policy is a product of the UN led Hyogo Framework of Action on Disaster Risk reduction which has been in operation for the past 10 years and expires this year.

The document will be succeeded by Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction which will be in operation for the next 15 years.

The Sendai Framework for disaster Risk reduction which was approved by Majority of the UN Member states on 18th March 2015, seeks to make the world safer from natural hazards and a global blue print for disaster risk reduction.

Priority areas include Understanding disaster risk, strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk, investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience, Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Mitigation officer in the department of Disaster Management Affairs in Malawi -DODMA Veronica Mhango described the Media engagement as timely and rare.

“ Normally after adopting such documents at international level, it is hard to domesticate its contents and we believe as a department we have taken the right step since the Media acts as a bridge and remains Key in disseminating disaster related information from the technicians to the masses ” Said Mhango.

She added plans are underway to engage other stakeholders who are key in the implementation of the Policy

Times Group Journalists Kenneth Jali Described the meeting as an eye opener. His sentiments were backed by Tamanda Matebule a Broadcaster with MIJ FM.

“I had little knowledge about the policy and let alone the Sendai Disaster Framework, from now I believe I have the potential to make reference to the two documents when communicating disaster issues” Said Matebule.

President of the Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi -AEJ Emmanuel Muwamba said plans are underway to train Editors on the same and engage Media managers on how best to popularise the NDRM.
AEJ and DODMA organised the meeting with finances from the UNDP.

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