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The role of the mass media in dissemination of environmental information and promoting public participation in decision-making: Alaverdi
On the initiative of Alaverdi Aarhus Centre on June 26, a meeting was held in “Corner plus 3″ local TV of Alaverdi. The theme was: “Aarhus Convention: notification and coverage.” The broadcast of the TV does not cover only the town but also nearby villages and on average has over 35 thousand TV viewers. The TV Company is the Aarhus Center’s permanent partner through which are covered the meetings, discussions, conferences and all events held in the center, which are related to the Aarhus Centre and environmental initiatives and participations. Being information supporter of the Centre, the journalists of the local TV have repeatedly used the Center’s library,

are constantly in touch with the coordinator to obtain environmental information and training materials.

At the meeting organized in attendance with the department of journalism and advertising of the TV Company once again was spoken about the international conventions ratified by the RA, special attention was paid to the Aarhus Convention, as well as was spoken about necessary and accessible language for covering by journalists and accurate information without distorting the facts.

The lack of questions by participants they connected with the permanent cooperation. There have been made comparisons, quoted fragments in which were defects related to incorrect names and statements, which were corrected quickly due to the existence of the Aarhus Centre.

In order to cover environmental issues of the region, to acquire journalistic professional skills some journalists of the TV Company attended training courses, awarded for films on the surrounding environment, materials, however, they did not consider it unnecessary once again to discuss the themes regarding the Aarhus Convention.

The staff of the “Corner plus 3″ TV company suggested to make a commercial jointly with the Aarhus Centre and broadcasting it regularly to be heard as much as possible and to create more interest. Why not, it may have a great influence on the formation of ecological culture.

The Aarhus Centre coordinator provided information leaflets and useful books to the library of the TV Company, thanked for the effective cooperation and willingness.

Anush Evoyan
Coordinator of Alaverdi Aarhus Center
E-mail: info_alaverdi@aarhus.am
Translated by Anush Beybutyan