Monday, 3 September 2007


Shiv Kumar from Bombay sent us this mailer yesterday guys... Those interested, still have time to put your shoes on and run for it.

Will We Lose Our Cities to the Raging Seas?
Organized jointly organized by the Goa Marathi Patrakar Sangh and the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
Date: October 19, 20- 2007
Venue: National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa.
Concept Note: Some of India's biggest cities located along the seas face a threat totheir existence from Global Warming whereby low-lying areas could beinundated by the rising waters.On the other hand, the pressure on land compounded by poor townplanning is threatening the natural balance which exists in thecoastal ecosystem. The close relationships that exist between sea andland between winds and natural barriers like sand dunes, betweenbrackish water and mangrove plantations are undergoing tremendousdisruption.The socio-ecological consequences of such developments are alreadyaffecting the livelihood of scores of people who depend on the coastaleco-system. Already torrential downpours and cyclones now impact morepeople living along the coast thereby necessitating fresh examinationof disaster management strategies adopted by local governments. Morealarmingly the food security of millions of people living in urbanclusters along the coast are also beginning to be affected.The responses by various government departments to the devastatingtsunami which hit parts of India in December 2004 and the recordrainfall of July 2005 both of which claimed thousands of lives tooneed to be held up for examination.The Goa Marathi Patrakar Sangh and the National Institute ofOceanography are jointly organizing a two-day workshop for mediapersons interested in covering the coastal environment so that theycan share their experiences and also expand their knowledge base byinteracting with senior scientists from NIO. The workshop is beingoffered in the form of a fellowship.The objective of the workshop is to help participants generateworkable story ideas that would be suitable for publication by theireditors.

Twelve journalists from across the country will be chosen for thefellowship on the basis of their application, curriculum vitae andquality of stories published by them.
Requirements:1. A short essay on how they hope to benefit from participating in the workshop.2. At least three clippings of their published works on coastalenvironment-related issues. (Those writing in languages other thanMarathi and English would have to submit translations in either ofthese languages).3. Curriculum Vitae.
Selected fellows will have to submit a 1500-word paper on any topic oftheir choice pertaining to their experience in covering environmentalissues. IT SHOULD BE SENT TO THE ORGANIZERS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE FOR THE WORKSHOP. This paper could deal with the problems they face in gettinginformation out of government officials, indifferent mediamanagements, their experiences on the field, interesting stories theyhave covered, etc. The paper will form part of a compendium to becirculated among participants, resource persons and the media atlarge.
LAST DATE TO APPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIP: September 10, 2007Applicants are encouraged to apply via email ( applicable, functional links to published articles on theInternet may be sent forreference. Applicants may also attach scanned images of their clips in.jpg format with their applications.
Contact Information:
(For applications in Marathi)Raju Nayak201 B, Saldel Apartments,Rua de Saudades,Pajifond,Margao, Goa, 403601.Phone: 0832-2733677----------------------------------------

(For applications in English and other languages)
Shiv Kumar
Flat 102, Sai Complex D Wing, Kanderpada,Dahisar West, Mumbai 400 068.Phone: 28906693
Selected fellows will be reimbursed three-tier AC train fare fromtheir home destinations to Goa on production of their tickets. Pleasenote that we are unable to reimburse the cost of air tickets toparticipants.
The fellows will be housed at the Goa International Centre during theperiod of the workshop.
For more information contact:Raju NayakCo-ordinator,Media Workshop

Email: nayakraju@gmail.comPhone: 09422063666


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