Environmental Journalists from Mediterranean adopt Malaga Declaration

The first meeting of Environmental Journalists from Mediterranean News Agencies was organised in December 2015 in Malaga by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the EFE Agency in collaboration with the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN). This important meeting was attended by 14 press agencies and over 50 delegates with the aim of discussing how cooperation can be reinforced towards a better environmental knowledge base and awareness raising activities from a journalistic perspective.

IUCN Malaga Declaration

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A key outcome of this meeting was the Malaga Declaration which advocates for the establishment of a partnership to provide mechanisms for cooperation among environmental and scientific information professionals from Mediterranean countries. The creation of a media network to promote better and coordinated scientific and environmental press coverage at Mediterranean level is one of the key objectives identified.

The Malaga Declaration also notes that the “the Mediterranean is a biodiversity hotspot and that the preservation of its rich natural, cultural and linguistic heritage is at the foundations of human wellbeing and the socioeconomic development of its peoples”.

Antonio Troya, Director of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, said “We expect the Malaga Declaration to be the first step towards the establishment of an effective Mediterranean media partnership for the environment. With the collaboration of AMAN, the professional interest of Mediterranean journalists and the institutional support of key institutions, we can now move forward to roll-out the much needed communication, exchanges and collaborative projects for the benefit of a better informed Mediterranean”.

It is anticipated that the network will look into capacity building and training activities for the media in preparation for the next COP 22 on Climate Change in Marrakech in November 2016.

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