18/06/2014 The Media: New Partners for Conservation of the Marine Environment

Under the auspices of His Excellency Mr. Abdo Razaz Saleh, Minister of Water and Environment of the Republic of Yemen, and in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in Sana’a, PERSGA organized a training workshop over the period June 18 to 19, 2014 on the importance of marine and coastal environments and the role of the media in spreading environmental awareness.At the opening ceremony Mr. Anwar Al Humairy, Deputy to the EPA President, expressed his gratitude to PERSGA for its continuous efforts to conserve the marine environments of the region. Mr. Habib Abdi, coordinator of the Public Awareness Programme at PERSGA stressed the media’s key role in creating and disseminating a positive environmental culture across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region.The workshop targeted journalists from government and private media institutions in the capital Sana’a and from coastal provinces such as Aden, Hadramout, Hodeida and Haja.

It provided them with the information needed to understand local marine environmental issues in the Republic of Yemen and wider issues affecting the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region.It was undertaken as part of PERSGA’s continuing effort to involve the media in spreading awareness of the value and importance of a healthy marine ecosystem.The training program included lectures by national experts on the principal issues which include: the special roles played by key habitats such as coral reefs and mangroves to the local and national economy; the need for coastal and marine management, relevant international and regional conventions and national legislation on marine issues, the probable impacts of climate change; and the detrimental effects to health of marine litter.

The program also included presentations of activities undertaken by the various EPA branches in different coastal cities.Mr. Jamal Al Hirani, advisor to the EPA President, concluded the workshop. emphasizing the important role that journalists can play to broaden understanding of environmental issues within the community, and he promised that the EPA would work more closely with media organizations in the future. Attendance certificates were awarded to the participants of the training workshop.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden