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CTA Staff participates in Climate Change and Multimedia Communication Workshop

September 2, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 31, 2009,

Dharamshala -- Chokyi, research officer of
Environment and Development Desk of Central
Tibetan Administration (CTA), participated in an
eight-day workshop on climate change and
multimedia communication workshop organised by
PANOS South Asia from 17 to 24 August. The
workshop was held in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal.
There were 23 participants from almost all the SAARC countries.

PANOS South Asia, with its headquarters in
Kathmandu, is a part of the family of Panos
Institutes worldwide that encourage and
facilitate public discourse and debate on a wide
range of issues, particularly those that have a
direct impact on the least privileged and most
marginalized sections of society. Panos works
through media to bring neglected subjects to the
fore in developmental debate, so as to give a
platform for voices and perspectives, which are
often rendered voiceless in the public sphere.

Well-known resource person like Bushan Tuladhar
gave very informative talk on climate change and
its impact. Kunda Dixit, a renowned senior
environment journalist, inspired the participants
not only by his talk but also showed them
practical example to contribute in one's own way
to save the planet earth by running electric car in Kathmandu.

Prushotam, a focal person on climate change in
Nepal, who had then returned from a Bonn meeting
on climate change briefed about the meeting that
there was an in-depth discussion on 45% reduction
in carbon emission by the developed countries
after 2012 when Kyoto Protocol expires.

Karun Thapa, e-media trainer and IT consultant,
PANOS, South Asia, introduced the participants to
multimedia communication. Understanding
multimedia was one of the core topics of this
workshop. Satish Jung, PANOS media person
introduced the participants with the audio and
video equipments like Zhoom, IC voice recorder.

On the final day of the workshop the participants
were divided into groups and assigned with
projects on video shooting concepts on climate
related issues. Chokyi's team took the issue of
waste disposal. As many don't realise that waste
disposal produces greenhouse gas emissions, her
team illustrated this problem by carrying out
case study from the local, dumping site at Teku in Kathmandu.

Chokyi was interviewed by the PANOS online radio
on Tibet's environment and climate change in Tibet.
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