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In June 2012, Internews Europe, with European Union funding, initiated ‘Media for Early Flood Recovery’ Project, known by its local name, Tameer-e-Nau, aimed to improve accountability and assistance in the post-2010 (Pakistan Super Flood) floods recovery period by helping communicate the voice of the flood-affected people to the government through media capacity building and community mobilisation.

 

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Taking environmental journalism, as an important component of the project, Internews Europe, on June 25, arranged a 5-day Environmental Journalism Training (EJT) in Karachi for 15 journalists covering environmental issues for print, television and radio participated. The trainees came from seven different flood affected cities of Pakistan.

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The EJT Karachi was lead by renowned media trainer Nadene Ghouri and famous environmental journalist Amar Guriro was taken as co-trainer for this unique classroom training.

The training focused on how journalists can improve reporting and awareness raising on issues related to environment. The training was practical and focused on improving their capacity and professional skills along with specialist knowledge.

At the end of the training on June 30, 2012, the participants were invited for dinner on a boat anchored near mangrove forests in the backwaters of Karachi Port in Arabian Sea. During the dinner an idea was launched to form a new national body- The National Council for Environmental Journalists (NCEJ). The idea was simple.

NCEJ would work to improve capacity of young environmental journalists and bloggers through classroom and field based training . Through this journalists could produce better stories on issues related to the environment which would be broadcast, printed and online. NCEJ would also use its own website, facebook page and twitter to promote the reporter’s work across a wider audience.

Though, NCEJ started working form very first day of its formation. But it was officially launched on November 13, 2012 in a local hotel in Karachi. NCEJ 15 member journalists from across Pakistan, environmentalists, NCEJ’s international coordinator Nadene Ghouri and also large number of media persons were present in the launching ceremony.