World Federation of Science Journalists

New network for media to improve climate change reporting

July 7, 2008

Mentees in the prime project of the World Federation of Science Journalists, The Science Journalism Coorperative (SjCOOP) continued to impact on the landscape of science journalism with a new network and website tool dedicated to journalists and scientists in the Greater Horn of Africa and the rest of the continent.

Patrick Luganda, a mentee from Uganda is the chairman of the Network of Climate Journalists in the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA). The network has created a website to serve the media and scientists with updated information on climate, climate change and related issues, says Luganda.

The site can be accessed at, and "all can participate... it is free to the public and Friends of NECJOGHA from anywhere are welcome. There are a lot of features and the web is quite fast" he adds.

Mike Shanahan, the press officer at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) commended the effort saying "this kind of initiative is just what is needed for closing the information gap between the media and climate experts... so please consider joining the network and forwarding this message to your contacts".

NECJOGHA seeks to promote and coordinate the transmission of climate-related information in the Greater HHorns of Africa (GHA) in the most professional manner. It collaborates with National Meteorological Services and other specialised climate institutions of the region in order to synthesize scientific information for different sectors, e.g. health, agriculture, environment, hydrology, power and industry.

It also strives to provide timely climate information to members in the GHA for rapid dissemination to the public. This information originates from National Meteorological Services in each respective country and such specialised agencies as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Drought Monitoring Centre Nairobi (DMCN).

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