Kenya Science Journalists hold their first quarterly meeting

KENSJA LOGOThe Kenya Science and Environment Journalist’s Association (KENSJA) is set to hold its first quarterly meeting this year on Saturday February 20th, 2016.

According to the Associations Chairperson Ms. Rosalia Omungo the morning session of the meeting will be dominated by speakers from various environmental organizations including Kenya’s Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia who will give a brief on the strides the government has made in the environment sector in the country.

“Our members will be briefed also on the way forward after the Climate Change Committee of Parties (COP 21) that was held in France late last year and also the state of water towers in the country,” she reveals.

Dr. Mariana Rufino, a Senior Scientist Center for International Forestry (CIFOR) will talk about land use and water and best to save Kenya’s water towers.

Mr. Benson Ochieng, the Director of Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG), a lawyer and a Climate Change negotiator will talk about COP 21 and the road ahead for Kenya and Africa in general.

ILEG works with local communities, governments, the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) to ensure fair, balanced and equitable development policy choices to improve peoples’ lives and protect the environment.

It seeks to transform the way East African governments make decisions that affect the environment and natural resources on which livelihoods depend and also finding practical options that shift the ways governments make and implement laws and policies, the way businesses operate, and the way people act in relation to the environment.

Other speakers will include the organizations Patron Mr. Ochieng Ogodo who is also the Sub Saharan Africa Editor of SciDev.Net.

Mr. Ogodo is expected to give tips for journalists on how to write good stories making headlines and also science writing opportunities that exists globally. SciDev.Net, a UK based online publication pioneers in authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development.

Ms. Omungo says that the presentations will help inform journalist’s knowledge on the way forward as they go about reporting environment and science in the country.

“Members will also have time to propose activities to undertake in the year 2016,” the Chairperson discloses.

KENSJA is a member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

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