The National Council of Environmental Journalists—NCEJ conducted a field and class room training in Karachi as a part of its recently launched initiatives “Reporting impacts of Climate Change on communities: Building Network and media capacity to cover climate change” in collaboration with Earth Journalism Network-EJN.
For the remaining sessions under the initiative, NCEJ requested World Wildlife Fund for Nature or WWF-Pakistan to assist by providing technical expert who can explain to the participants on climate change and its effects on communities. WWF-Pakistan signed an agreement with NCEJ to support during Karachi and Thatta training.

For Karachi training, after a tight scrutiny, NCEJ selected eleven journalists, six of them were female journalists. Ali Dehlavi, Senior Manager, Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP) project of WWF-Pakistan, attended the classroom session as an expert and explained the participation on technicalities related to climate change and status of impacts of climate change on different biodiversity hotspots in the country.
Latter, UmairShahid, North Indian Ocean Coordinator of WWF-Pakistan explained the participants on the impacts of climate change on fish and how reducing fish catch has affected the coastal communities.
The led trainer of these sessions, renowned environmental journalist and president NCEJ, Amar Guriro hold classroom session and explained the participants about the different aspects of climate change and its impacts of communities.
The participating journalists expressed their views on becoming NCEJ members and said that they were happy to be part of this national forum.
Later, the participants were taken to the coastal areas for field training. They travelled from city to the Ibrahim Hyderi. Participants visited fishing jetty and talked to fishermen on how they are suffering with fish catch.
They visited office of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, an NGO working for the betterment of fishermen, where NGO’s head Muhammad Ali Shah explained them how fishermen communities are suffering with changing climate. Later they visited Chashma Goth, another historical fishermen hamlet located on the edges of Arabian Sea, where communities are suffering with sea level rise and sea water intrusion. They communities explained the participants that how they have adopted different indigenous methods and scientific knowledge to avoid possible threats of sea level rise.
During the flood training, NCEJ newly members covered wonderful stories, which were published by our media partners, The Nature News, Pakistan’s first ever newspaper covering environment, climate change and science.