NEFEJ, in association with WWF-Hariyo Ban Program (HBP) organized field visits and transit workshop for journalists in Pokhara and Nawalparasi. The four-days long field visit took place from 18th- 21st November in Pokhara and 2nd-5th December in Nawalparasi.
Prior to the field visits, a half-day transit workshop was conducted in each of the districts to discuss among the concerned stakeholders on issues related to the coverage of environmental issues in mass media. The workshop, entitled ‘Environmental Issues in Mass Media’, acted as a learning platform for the journalists to engage with experts and broaden their understanding on various local issues and the initiatives taken by HBP in addressing the same. Apart from clearing misunderstandings and dilemmas of the local and national journalists while covering local reports, the program also helped in strengthening the information flow between the journalists and the media houses. The workshop was conducted on 19th November in Pokhara and 3rd December in Nawalparasi.
The workshop at Pokhara centered on the issues of Phewa Lake and had presentations from Dr. Devendra Bahadur Lamichhane, Campus Chief at Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Keshav Prasad Khanal, Sustainability Landscape Coordinator at WWF HBP, Sabin Sharma, Chief Correspondent at Rajdhani Daily and Rajendra Dahal, Editor, Shikshak Magazine.
Meanwhile, the Kerunge Khola Watershed and the linkage of the upstream and downstream communities was the issue focused on the workshop conducted in Nawalparasi. Moreover, there were presentations from Pradeep Budathoki, Project Co Manager at CBRP-WWF, Dr. Bijay Singh Danwar, Churia Expert and Former Member of President Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Development Board, Ramesh Bhusal, General Secretary at NEFEJ, and Tirtha Koirala, Chairperson of Nepal Press Institute/ Editor of thahakhabar.com.
Following the workshop, the journalists visited different sites to collect stories for their media outlets . They also discussed with the concerned stakeholders and stayed with locals to have a direct observation of the ongoing activities and its effects on the community.