Bay of Bengal Climate Resiliency Initiative

The Earth Journalism Network's new project focuses on boosting climate justice and resilience in the Bay of Bengal. For the next three years, thanks to the generous support of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, EJN will work with journalists, educators and civil society actors to produce and distribute reliable, actionable information to vulnerable coastal communities in the region.

Sunrise - Kasimedu, India. Credit WBK Photography

The project commences with an in-depth analysis of the information ecosystem in representative geographies and contexts across Eastern India and Bangladesh. Already underway, this process will continue through mid-May with the goal of improving our understanding of the conditions that affect information flows through communities and how, if at all, information is used to spur action on the issues of water access, food security and sovereignty, sustainable livelihoods and migration. The assessment will place particular focus on the experience of women, youth and marginalized communities, groups that often face significantly greater barriers to accessing information while simultaneously facing a complex set of socio-environmental challenges that limit their capacity to adapt to impacts of climate change. This initial research phase is being led by the Centre for Media Studies, based in New Delhi. 

With over a decade of experience supporting environmental journalists and media networks in Asia, this project will deepen EJN’s commitment to the region by strengthening existing ties and forging new partnerships with people and organizations committed to building climate resiliency in India and Bangladesh. In addition to holding focus groups with local communities to identify information needs and gaps, EJN will hold trainings and provide yearly organizational and reporting grants. Our first round of story grants will be open for applications in April 2018.

 

Program Team