Following last Wednesday’s first webinar in the series of environmental education activities organized by CultureMedia Service Inc (CMSI) for the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEF SGP)-Dominica, the two organizations are collaborating further to bring the second in the series, targeting the media and major institutions with communications capacity in Dominica, this wednesday 20and April, from 10 a.m. via zoom.
This week’s webinar will focus on the work of the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security; Ministry of Environment, Rural Upgrading and Kalinago Upliftment and; and the Climate Resilience Executing Agency for Dominica (CREAD) as well as the work of the local GEF Small Grants Program. These agencies should highlight their work program and provide opportunities to further engage local media in ways that amplify environmental messages as well as identify opportunities for additional networking and collaboration to communicate more effectively on environmental issues. measures to ensure a sustainable route to Dominica. development.
Last week’s webinar highlighted, among other things, the need for broader participation of grassroots organizations to serve as better environmental stewards and promoted a range of ideas, options and pathways. for NGOs, community-based organizations and other civil society actors to engage more effectively in designing programs and to more appropriately promote actions to protect Dominica’s environment and work cooperatively to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country and region.
Following the presentations of the various entities, there were important points that will remain a key element of the strategy to promote environmental sustainability and development for Dominica. Among these being:
- Recognition of the important role of communities and community organizations
- The importance of supporting community initiatives as people are the main agents of change
- Need for continued mobilization of financial and material resources for effective engagement in environmental protection and management
- Inter-agency collaboration to mobilize resources and mobilize local actions considered a critical step in the process
- The importance of sharing information with communities on a frequent and timely basis
- Importance of the role of media institutions and the use of traditional and social media in disseminating information to the public
- Importance of training in mitigation, response and better communication with the public
- No downtime and no off-season in environmental protection and management
- The important role of local languages in effective communication with the public
- The importance of continuous and effective planning and policy formulation
- There are positive benefits for the individual, groups and the country in the good management of the natural environment of the country
The organizers are hoping for another successful and engaging webinar and plan to use the opportunity to forge greater partnerships with local media with the aim of presenting a more sustained and unified approach to communicating messages, policies, programs and effective actions as Dominica continues on its path to becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation.