WaterAid Ghana, a Non-profit organization operating in the Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector has organised a two-day capacity building workshop on Climate Change for some selected media personnel, staffs of the organization and other stakeholders in the WASH sector at the Fiesta Royale Hotel in Accra.
Considering the dare impact of climate change on water related activities, WaterAid Ghana has taken a keen interest and as such has commissioned research on ‘Impact of Climate Change on Water Security’ to promote its advocacy work to propel government to adopt key policies.
Day one of the two-days capacity building was dedicated to the media due to the technicalities and terminological challenges associated with the dissemination of information regarding climate change,
The participants were better equipped at the end of the workshop to be at the ple position to educate their audience on the matters relating to climate change
In his opening remarks, the Acting Country Director for WaterAid Ghana Mr. Jesse Coffie Danku called on participants to give climate change issues some prominence on their various media platforms.
He explained that his outfit sees the media as an important organ to the work they (WaterAid) do hence the need to build their capacity.
“WaterAid is trying to make systemic changes and that is why we are strengthening the sector. We see the media as our allies so we need to help them understand the climate issues,” Mr Danku reiterated.
The Acting Country Director of WaterAid was of the view that if the media is able to report on climate change as well as WASH very well, it will go a long way to demand the needed action from the government.
On his part, the Research fellow at the Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr. Bob Manteaw taken the participants through Communicating Climate Change for Water Adaptation and Resilience noted that getting an equivalent linguistic translation of climate change and its associated terms have been a major challenge for media practitioners.
He therefore admonished media practitioners to always use simple terms and changes in rainfall patterns, etc to discribe the negative effects of climate change.
Participants at the workshop were taken through existing policies such as the National Water Policy, the Climate Change Policy, the National Adaptation Strategy, and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH