AJI Jakarta launches website
on climate change

To celebrate Earth Day which falls on April 22, the Jakarta chapter of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) in cooperation with the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF) has launched, a website concerned with climate change issues.

The website is aimed at providing updated information on climate change-related issues and policies both at national and global levels. The website is also encouraging journalists to participate in the ICCTF Media Award 2013, a journalism award for climate-change reporting.

“Journalists who aim to participate in the ICCTF Media Award will find that the website will be very helpful,” said Harry Surjadi, one of the members of the jury in the ICCTF Media Award, which includes Riza Primadi and Oscar Matullah, on Sunday.

Data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) shows that 79 percent of natural disasters affecting a number of areas across the country during the last decade occurred due to climate change.

National Development Planning Minister’s staff expert for spatial planning and maritime affairs, Bemby Uripto, said that during the period of 2000-2010, climate change-related natural disasters in Indonesia left a total of 4,936 dead and missing while 17.7 million people suffered damage to their homes.

Harry, a journalist concerned with environmental issues and also former Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists (SIEJ) director, said that journalism activities on environmental issues both in Indonesia and worldwide had suffered a setback. The writing competition was partly to raise again journalistic interest in environmental issues, he said. Participants can submit their work until Oct.7 at the latest.

AJI Jakarta chairman Umar Idris said with the competition, journalists would hopefully be encouraged to produce quality journalistic work on the issue of climate change. (ebf)

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