Media coverage of water issues is becoming more important in an era of climate change and growing uncertainty of water availability. The media are a key channel through which to raise public awareness, to inform public debate and assist in processes of decision making in response to climate change and other pressures exerted on the river system.
Recognizing that learning about a technical subject like water requires training and support, IWMI with partners has undertaken a series of initiatives to help understand the science behind underlying trends and structural changes taking place in the Indus Basin. The following activities were undertaken under this component:
The media dialogues aimed to engage with journalists at a regional and national level to discuss various aspects of the Indus basin, to understand the challenges faced by the media and identify ways to bridge the information gap and assist in supporting a more informed basin community which is ready to respond more effectively together in the face of future challenges.
Fellowships which fully fund reporting assignments were offered to journalists to help incisive and original reporting on natural resource challenges facing communities and instances of creative solutions in the Indus basin.