CANEJ Project
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 Central Asia.

CANEJ objectives were to establish arrangements to ensure freedom of speech and access
to ecological information (one of the main principles of the Aarhus Convention); increase awareness
of journalists on environmental problems of Central Asia and to strengthen their capacity
to cover these problems in mass-media.

CANEJ established on-line courses to educate environmental journalists, journalism teachers,
students and all persons interested.

On-line courses contain structured information on environmental policy, strategy and legislation
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 environmental
matters and Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers Protocol (PRTR Protocol).

On-line courses also inform journalists about UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development
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 Asian environmental
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:

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