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Tool Kit For Media Workers

Media workers in St Vincent and the Grenadines are now better equipped to report on matters relating to biodiversity conservation.  Thanks to the availability of a media tool kit on topics surrounding the environment and its conservation.

Copies of the OECS Tool Kit on Biodiversity Conservation were distributed to members of the local media, at an official launch last Friday, July 15th, 2011. Copies will also be distributed to journalists in other OECS member states.

The tool kit was developed by the Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit of the OECS, through the OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihood (OPAAL) Project.

Speaking at the ceremony at Sunset Shores Hotel, Tecla Fontenard of the OECS Secretariat said the tool kit is to assist journalists doing work on biodiversity and environmental issues. She also stated that work on the comprehensive tool kit began in 2010.
Media workshops on biodiversity were held across the OECS earlier this year. This climaxed with a visit to the Tobago Cays Marine Park by OECS journalists, in April this year.

Fontenard pointed out that a total of 71 journalists in the OECS are now trained to report on matters relating to Biodiversity. The workshop for Vincentian journalists was held last February.

Other speakers at last Friday’s launch were: Andrew Lockhart of National Parks Authority, and Wesley Gibbings, President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers. The feature address was delivered by Fr Andrew Roache, past chairman of the Tobago Cays Marine Park.  Current Chairman of the Tobago Cays Marine Park, Victor Hypolite assisted Fontenard in unveiling the tool kits.

Source of article:
The News
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St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority