Online interaction with State level media recipients on Climate Change Reporting – II held

"Media fellow recipients, scholars, journalists, editors, climate activists, etc. are the Major Target Group." Short talk on the thematic points and interaction with Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India was the main highlights of Wednesday program. Participants raised specific question related with the issues.

Online interaction with State level media fellow recipients on Climate Change was held on Wednesday with with Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India delivering short talk on the thematic points.

Akhilesh also responded questions raised by the participants.

Climate change initiative gain more significance given the fast changing climate induce changes taking place in the region, and around the global world.

The program was organised by Media Working Group on Climate Change (MWGCC), Media Resource Centre, Manipur and Manipur State Climate Change Cell, Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Manipur.

Enhancing capacity of the media fraternity on climate change reporting and make more understanding of climate facts through strengthening network was the key objective of the interaction.

Context of the Programme: Basic idea of the programme is to build the capacity of the media fellow recipients and intending applicants / young journalists for the State level Media Fellowship Programme on Climate Change
Reporting. It also targets to make more understanding of climate facts and reporting in simple common language. This month, interaction will be more towards three sub-thematic key points, such as Global-national-regional climate policy, community / citizen responsible towards climate action, and needs for strengthening of knowledge network.

Welcome remark and recap of the Media fellowship program on Climate Change Reporting was made by Sobhapati Samom, Coordinator, MWGCC.

While closing remark of the Session 1 was delivered by Dr. T. Brajakumar, Jt. Director, Environment and Climate Change, Manipur and Principal Investigator, State Climate Change Cell, Manipur.

In the second session, observation from Expert members were made by Irengbam Arun, Media advisor to Chief Minister, Manipur; Khogendra Khomdram, president Editors Guild Manipur and editor, The Sangai Express (Manipuri), Pradip Phanjoubam, Editor, FPSJ Review of Arts and Politics, and Salam Rajesh, honorary member of ICCA (Indigenous Territories and Community conserved Areas) Consortium.

Closing remark by Dr. T. Brajakumar, Jt. Director, Environment and Climate Change, Manipur and Principal Investigator, State Climate Change Cell, Manipur

Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, M.Sc. (Physics), Ph.D. (Atmospheric Sciences from IIT, Delhi), is now Senior Adviser in Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He worked in India Meteorological Department; National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting and Disaster Management Cell during 1985-2007 in various capacities. He was Secretary to University Grants Commission (UGC) during 2012-13.

He has been the Head of Climate Change Programme (CCP) in DST for last 11 years, coordinating two National Missions on Climate Change under National Action Plan on Climate Change.

Dr Gupta was a member of National Coordination Team which drafted India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change in 2008.

He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Fellow of Indian Meteorological Society. He was awarded D.Lit. in 2013 and Honorary Professorship of Amity
University, Rajasthan in 2015. Dr Gupta had received appreciation of Hon’ble President of India in 2003 for providing accurate weather forecast for the Mount Everest. He is the main architect of India’s new Science, Technology and Innovation.

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