Launch of first “Water and Sanitation Journalism Workshop” at Issam Fares Institute

Cewas Middle East has launched its first training workshop in Lebanon on "Water and Sanitation Journalism", targeting 17 journalists in various local media outlets to train them on how to intensify coverage of topics related to water and sanitation issues in Lebanon and enhance their journalistic role by enabling them to participate in written reports, in addition to creating visual materials related to key water and sanitation challenges of all kinds to achieve sustainable management of these resources as means of reducing conflicts between peoples and improving the quality of life.

The three-day workshop was held between 10 to 12 October, in partnership with Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), the Water and Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (WANA Chapter), and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, at the American University of Beirut and LEWAP, a platform for Lebanese representatives from the water sector. The workshop was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The workshop participants s were trained by Dr. Nadim Farajallah, Director of the Climate Change and Environment Program at the American University of Beirut, and Eng. Nassim Abu Hamad, Head of water Governance at Litani River authority Management, and Mr. Janek Hermann-Friede, and Ms. Hannah Wuzel, trainers from Cewas Middle East, Ms. Lara Nassar, Regional Program Coordinator at BORDA West and Central Asia office (BORDA-WesCA) and a representative of the Sustainable Wastewater Alliance (SuSanA) West Asia and North Africa Office (WANA).

The workshop was attended by several Journalists from the National News Agency, MTV, Al Jadeed TV, Al Hurra TV, and press TV, as well as newspaper reporters such as Al Nahar, L'Orient Le Jour and News websites.

Journalists shared information on the challenges related to water and sanitation issues in Lebanon with experts from Germany, Switzerland and Lebanon. The Journalists learned about the concepts of water and solutions journalism and took a part in a field visit to the wastewater treatment plant in Hammana. The experts discussed the general situation of the water and sanitation sector in Lebanon, pollution, water resources management, the responsibilities of the concerned ministries and public administrations in managing these resources, and the role of local communities in protecting water resources. Water response.

At the end of the program, which will include a series of activities in the coming months, Journalists will be able to better understand the water and sanitation sector, identify key challenges and analyze consequences associated with violations and mismanagement of the sector. The trainees will be able to proactively shed the light on water and sanitation issues in Lebanon, its causes, consequences and solutions.

Furthermore, the strategic objective of the program is to bridge the gap between water and sanitation actors and journalists in different media institutions, and based on the lessons learned, participants will prepare and present a media piece (essay, investigation, photographer, social media campaign ,Video, etc.) and they will be able to participate in "Open Eye Award" this December

Source: National News Agency