REDD+ UNDP Supports Journalism Training for People in West Sumatera
PADANG – Ministry of Environment and Forestry worked together with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through REDD+ program to empower citizen journalism through a training conducted at Basko Hotel on November 23rd-26th 2015. The training was joined by 25 representatives of the people forest managers from 5 districs which are Agam, Pasaman, Padang Pariaman, Sijunjung, and South Solok and several representatives from Non-Governmental Organization.
Participants were trained by senior journalists from Jakarta and Padang. The trainers were Wahyu Djatmika from TEMPO, environmental journalist, Harry Surjadi, and also correspondent The Jakarta Post, Syofiardi Bachyul Jb and chief of AJI Padang which the head of editorial staff Puailiggoubat Magazine, Ocha Mariadi.
Environment Partnership Director from Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Widodo Sambodo said in his closing speech that he wished for the participants to become citizen journalists who are able to inform the situation regarding environment and forest around them. They can do it using TEMPO SMS and other media. Their report is expected to be acted upon by the government.
"This training is a part of a series of previous activities that have been done in Depok, Lampung, and Jambi," said Widodo.
Rachmat Hidayat of UNDP, said the theme of this citizen journalism training is "Sustainable Citizen Journalism". It is important to open access to for everyone in order to achive better transparency between the society and other stakeholders over the issue of environment and forest.
For four days, the participants were not only equipped with the basics of journalism and the concept of social forestry policy, but they were also sent to Nagari Sungai Buluh, District of Batang Anai, Padang Pariaman to do coverage of the village's success in managing the forest villages. The participants then continued to improve their theoretical knowledge by writing what they have learned.