Ukhrul Times reporter Ashin Shaiza awarded Media Fellowship on Climate Change reporting

Imphal: Ukhrul Times reporter, Ashin Shaiza is among the ten reporters from various Manipur state media houses awarded the 3rd State level Media Fellowship on Climate Change reporting for 2022-23.

The other reporters from various media house awarded with the Media Fellowship are, Robinson Wahengbam from Sanaleibak, Yumkhaibm Gyaneshor Singh from ISTV, Yaiphaba Kharibam from TOM TV, Phurailatpam Keny Devi from Imphal Free Press, Huidrom Ronibala Devi from Naharolgi Thoudang, Oinam Mission from Poknapham, Francis Songate from AIR Ccpur, Akoijam Tompok from Impact TV, S Roshimala Devi from IS com. Ashin Shaiza is also a columnist for The Sangai Express.

The sub-editors’ meet on reporting and award of the 3rd State Level Media Fellowship on Climate Change reporting 2022-23 was held at the Conference hall of Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Imphal on Saturday.

MH Khan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest Environment and Climate Change Government of Manipur gave out certificates to the Media fellowship recipient 2021-22 and awarded the new Media fellowship recipient.

Prof. N.H Ravindranath, Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru, gave a presentation on Climate Change and Mass Media. He presented on various topics like Global response to the threat of climate change, adaptation, Mitigation strategies, policies, programmes, Glasgow Climate Pact at COP26, Role of Mass media in Climate change and more.

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In one of the slide the Professor shared, the need to address climate change was discussed.

  1. Climate Change is a global environmental concern and requires global
    action; by all; Rich and Poor – Urban and Rural
  2. Mitigation is global and long term – Adaptation is immediate and Local
  3. Manipur should prepare a “State Adaptation Plan”
  4. Manipur; should focus on Reducing vulnerability to Climate risks, build resilience and promote Adaptation programs and policies
  5. State needs clear policies and priorities on Mitigation and Adaptation;
    • State Climate Policy; State Energy Policy; State Solar or Renewable energy policy Urban Waste management policy; Transport Policy State Climate Resilient Agricultural Policy; Water Policy; Health Policy, etc.
  6. State needs to have institutional and Technical / Scientific Capacity to address climate change; local level scientific assessment of CC impacts; vulnerabilities; developing Adaptation strategies and practices.
  7. Monitoring the impact of policies and programs; learning
  8. Awareness building and Sensitization and education programs; through Mass media and Schools and colleges
    MH Khan, Chief Guest, informed that Single use plastic will be banned from 1st July and violation of the banned could lead to fine of 1 lac as well as 6 months imprisonment.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks from Sobhapati Samon, Media Resource Centre, Manipur.

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