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The workshop, financially supported by the Government of Norway, was
facilitated by GRID-Arendal in cooperation with the Guardian (Paul Brown), BBC
(Alex Kirby), OSCE center in Dushanbe, the Ministry of the Environment (Tajiniso
Nasyrova, vice-minister), and the Nature Protection Squad of the Tajik State
University. The workshop was part of the programme of the 3d Central Asian
festival of environmental journalism.
The programme on 21-24 October
included:


-          a 3-day journalist
workshop, hands-on investigation of a specific issue drinking water supply in
Dushanbe including an October outbreak of typhoid. Based on a series of
interviews (Ministries of the Environment and Health, Medical University, Water
Canal Authority) and a field trip to Dushanbe water supply facilities, the
international trainers and 18 participating journalists drafted and discussed
articles, TV and radio materials. Examples of the international
coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3205567.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0%2C3604%2C1069756%2C00.html

http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/environment/articles/eav102403_pr.shtml


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a half-day round table with chief editors of newspapers and TV channels. The
turnout was below the targeted 20 (apparently quite normal for similar events in
Dushanbe), the event was however very much appreciated by the participants.
Arguments about potential profitability of environmental sections of newspapers,
based on UK experience, were met with particular interest.


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a half-day communication workshop for staff of the Ministry of the Environment
(central unit, Dushanbe and oblast committees) and the environmental department
of the Ministry of Economy and Trade. The participants, who came from both the
assessment, policy and communication branches, discussed bottlenecks in
communicating environmental information in Tajikistan, the perceived and real
needs of journalists, divercity of target audiences and how to best reach them
(e.g. whether a book of Tajikistan's environmental laws is what a farmer needs
to become more environmentally concerned). Concrete follow-up suggestions
included making full use of the newly opened Aarhus center and strengthening the
press-service function at the Ministry of the Environment.