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Mar Lauds Tonga trip

A final-year journalism student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has returned from covering the third Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The meeting was from July
22 Aug 2015 12:06
Mar Lauds Tonga trip

A final-year journalism student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has returned from covering the third Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The meeting was from July 20-24.

Emmanuel Duane Mar’s trip was part of training for journalists and journalism students facilitated by the Secretariat of the South Pacific (SPC) Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to boost environmental reporting in the region.

Journalists from the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Fiji were given the opportunity to learn about climate change.

They also discussed its causes and impacts in the region, meteorological weather and climate forecasts, and what they meant, particularly in times of disaster.

Mr Mar said the training was an eye-opener on awareness on climate change issues.

Head of USP Journalism, Shailendra Singh, praised the SPREP initiative to train journalists in environmental reporting.

In 2008 and 2010, the USP journalism students had won environmental journalism awards organised by SPREP as part of its media outreach programme.

Mr Singh said co-operation between USP journalism would be revived to help raise awareness about sustainable environment concerns through the media.

University of the South Pacific

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