Ocean Toolkit for Pacific Media: Our Pacific Ocean, Our StoriesSPREP | 30 July 2018
“The media is crucial in terms of passing information and raising awareness about the causes of climate change or pollution and what can be done about it. These issues can be complex, that’s why it’s useful to have these types of tools with Pacific perspectives.”
- Mr Christoph Wagner, European Union for the Pacific.
“Our Pacific Ocean, Our Stories” an Ocean Toolkit for Pacific Media was launched in Suva, Fiji at a workshop conducted through a partnership between Internews' Earth Journalism Network, Climate Action Pacific Partnership and South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). It recognises the role of the media in empowering informed Pacific conversations and decision-making for the better of our environment.
Credit: Imelda Abano
The Ocean Toolkit serves as an e-resource which will help to empower Pacific media to develop news stories about the Ocean. It is 'living', with two new factsheets added each month on new and different topics related to the well-being of our ocean.
It is envisaged that through this Ocean Toolkit Pacific media will become more familiar with the ocean issues telling our stories of challenges and successes as we work towards ocean conservation. It is also through this toolkit that an understanding of the overall linkages between all environmental concerns are realised, that you cannot address one environmental issue along without addressing them all.
The e-toolkit was launched on 24 July, 2018 with a series of four initial factsheets that span the topics of our Pacific Ocean, Marine Debris, Marine Plastic Pollution, and our Coral Reef. Once a month two more factsheets will be added to this e-toolkit, which is available online.
Credit: Imelda Abano
“The media is crucial in terms of passing information and raising awareness about the causes of climate change or pollution and what can be done about it. These issues can be complex, that’s why it’s useful to have these types of tools with Pacific perspectives" said Mr Christoph Wagner, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific.
“We are very happy that SPREP has helped make this happen.”
Also launched this year on World Ocean Day was the Our Pacific Ocean Media Award, a partnership between the Pacific Community, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, SPREP and the EU ACP MEA2 Project and the Pacific Islands News Association.
The Media Award calls upon submissions from Pacific reports on ocean news developed and shared. This Ocean Toolkit for Pacific media is available to help empower and encourage more news stories on this issue.
While the Ocean Toolkit was envisaged as a resource to be developed over 2018, growing interest from other partners may see it grow further, with future factsheets to span ocean science, ocean acidification and the range of regional and international agreements committing countries to protect our ocean.
“As the toolkit evolves and is updated on a monthly basis, we hope it will become a ‘one-stop shop; for us journalists who are keen to cover ocean issues here in Fiji and in the Pacific,” said Mr Pita Ligaula of the PACNEWS Agency and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).
“PINA is pleased to support this resource which will be a ‘living’ document available online for our Pacific media. It contains information of Pacific relevance, citing Pacific examples as well as some prompts for us all to develop more news about our ocean.”
Our Pacific Ocean, Our Stories, the Ocean Toolkit for Pacific Media was launched on the sidelines of the “Strengthening Media Capacity on Climate Change Reporting in the Pacific Islands Workshop”. Held over 24 and 25 July, the Pacific reporters will then provide media coverage on the Climate Action Pacific Partnership in Suva, Fiji. The workshop is a partnership between Internews, Earth Journalism Network, Climate Action Pacific Partnership and SPREP.