now finished in Central Asia
The project “Creation of network for ecological journalists of Central Asia”
(Central Asian Network for Ecological Journalists - CANEJ) is now finished in
CANEJ objectives were to establish arrangements to ensure freedom of speech and
to ecological information (one of the main principles of the Aarhus Convention);
of journalists on environmental problems of Central Asia and to strengthen their
to cover these problems in mass-media.
CANEJ established on-line courses to educate environmental journalists,
students and all persons interested.
On-line courses contain structured information on environmental policy, strategy
of the Central Asian countries; also on international agreements and conventions
related to climate,
biodiversity, biosafety, desertification, chemical pollution, water resource
management and others,
signed or ratified by the Central Asian countries.
The special section promotes interpretation of regulations of the Aarhus
Convention On access
to information, public participation on decision-making and access to justice in
matters and Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers Protocol (PRTR Protocol).
On-line courses also inform journalists about UN Decade for Education for
and present environmental situation in Central Asia on chemical pollution, water
problems and another
ecological subjects. On-line courses on UNESCO web-site
CANEJ members from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan
participated in workshop
as well as representatives of the Ministry for Environment Protection of the
Republic of Kazakhstan,
the Educational Center «Bilim-Central Asia», local NGOs and ecological experts.
Workshop on practical skills to establish on-line courses to educate Central
journalists was also held.
Final step of project is the publication of a booklet entitled “Creation of
network for ecological
journalists of Central Asia” containing information about CANEJ rules and
procedures, acting strategy etc.
CANEJ Project was supported and sponsored by the UNESCO International Programme
for Communications Developing (IPDC). To find out more information about
IPDC - please visit web-site of Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan: http://www.unesco.kz