The worldwide health crisis linked to Covid-19 reminds us of the fragility and dependence of human beings on nature. In the latest IPBES report, the figures given by scientists are frightening: one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. In another report released in the fall of 2020, they clearly linked the biodiversity crisis to the Covid-19 crisis. « Changes in the way we use land, the expansion and intensification of agriculture, and unsustainable trade, production, and consumption are disrupting nature and increasing contact between wildlife, livestock, pathogens, and humans. This is a path that leads straight to pandemics ». The year 2021 will therefore be the year of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Several major international events on the subject or with a strong link to it are on the agenda this year, the main ones being The United Nations Environment Assembly (virtual, UNEA, February 2021), the COP 15 on biodiversity (CBD, China, May 2021), the COP 15 of the Basel Convention, the COP 10 of the Rotterdam Convention and the COP 10 of the Stockholm Convention (Geneva, July 2021), the World Conservation Congress (IUCN, Marseille, September 2021), the UNCTAD XV (Barbados, October 2021) or the COP 26 on climate change (Glasgow, November 2021). This is why Africa 21 and its partners have selected the theme of « biodiversity and ecosystem services » as the central theme for the work of the African Journalists Network on Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
The workshop will be held in Hurghada, Egypt, from September 13 to September 17, 2021. Hurghada is located at the edge of the Red Sea, a hub for biodiversity in Egypt.
15 Egyptian journalists from the country’s main media (print, radio, TV, news agency) will be invited to participate in this event, together with many international experts and partners.
In parallel to the workshop, a journalistic competition is organised on the theme “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Egypt”.
The selected journalists will be fully supported (hotel, transport, food).
If you are a journalist based in Egypt, with 5 years of experience in the field and a genuine interest in sustainable development and climate change issues, you can apply by clicking here.
More details about the participants and the programme will be published in the coming days.