Journalists & scientists meet on Lake Victoria
Friday, February 15, 2002
New Vision, Uganda. By Catherine Kizza
It is not often that journalists, scientists and technical experts get together for one purpose.
Last week they met at the Hilton Nairobi Hotel, to work out ways of sharing and disseminating environment information on Lake Victoria.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will support the Network of Environmental Journalists for Lake Victoria.
The network was established to bridge the gap between journalists and technical experts in the Lake Victoria region.
It is also aimed at to promoting accurate reporting and effective exchange of information.
The journalists urged experts to simplify complex research data, while the experts advised journalists to be accurate.
"Lake Victoria is the only ecosystem shared by the three East African countries. It is crucial to all the East African countries. The network is to help journalists communicate effectively," said Dr. Eldad Tukahirwa, the IUCN regional representative.
Present at the meeting was IUCN programme officer John Owino, Balingwe Mwambugu, the chairperson of the journalists Environment Association, Tanzania and her Ugandan counterpart Elizabeth Birabwa, among other officials.