Environmental Media Workshop held in St. George’s Caye

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 47            November 30, 2006

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Workshop participants and speakers convened at St. George’s Caye, where reporters formed the Belize Environmental Reporters Network (BERN), a network aimed at tackling the major environmental issues affecting Belize.

Part of the workshop included some practical tips based on the environment at St. George's Caye.


From November 23rd – 26th reporters from various Belizean media houses as well as free lance writers rendezvoused at historic St. George’s Caye for an important Environmental Journalism Workshop sponsored by the Protected Areas of Conservation Trust (PACT) and the Oak Foundation.

    Throughout the four day workshop, those participating received valuable knowledge and tips on how to carry out environmental techniques in reporting and investigating. To properly understand the significance of the environment, reporters were also given the basics of why the environment is significant and how it works. Informative speeches and power point presentations were presented by various enlightening speakers including Mike Heusner, Joe Villafranco, Dr. Melanie Mcfield, Therese Rath, Luz Hunter, and Valdemar Andrade.

    Co-sponsoring the event was the Society of Environmental Journalists who also gave great seminars. Instructors included Robert Thomas, Perry Beeman and Dale Willman. At the end of the seminar, participants returned to their respective houses energized and refreshed not to mention knowledgeable in environmental issues and how to tackle them. Certificates were presented and reporters formed the Belize Environmental Reporters Network (BERN), a network aimed at tackling the major environmental issues affecting Belize.

    Reporters in attendance included: Jorge Aldana (Fiesta FM/CTV 3), Cristina Coc (Julian Cho Society), Ian Leiva (Reef Radio), Kainie Manuel and Maria Novelo (The San Pedro Sun), Yaya Coleman-Marin (Amandala), Keith Swift (Channel 7 News) and William Ysaguirre (The Reporter).

    Special thanks to Miss Luz and all the staff at Saint George’s Caye Lodge that made the seminar that more special.



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