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Environmental Information Sources for Young Journalists

On November 18, Yerevan Aarhus Centre hosted a groupofthird-year students ofFaculty of TV Journalism of Yerevan State University. To them joined theCentre’s volunteers: third-year students of the Faculty of Geography of YSU, which were more interested in electronic sources of information regarding the environment.
SilvaAyvazyan,coordinator of Yerevan Aarhus Centre introduced the studentsthe Centre activity, the Aarhus Centers network and the roleof the centers in Armenia in terms ofthe implementation of the Aarhus Convention: access to environmental information, public participation in decision making and access to justice.

MariChakryan,“Public Awareness and Monitoring Center” NGO, responsible person for the ArmenianAarhus Centers website presented the www.aarhus.am website and the official map of the Aarhus Convention’s Secretariat. She highlighted receiving information on the implementation and complianceof the Convention, the pillars of the Convention,attached documents, amendments directly from the official source. Showed how to find the official correspondence anddecisions relating to Armeniaand learn about upcoming and held eventsat the website: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/welcome.html.

The latter also attached special importance to the coordination mechanism(Clearinghouse), established under the Convention, which brings together all the information from all corners of the globe in connection with the Convention.It is currently at thestage of re-launching but soon will be available for users.

AnushBeybutyan, expertof the organization spoke about the risk communication, what kind of information should be given in particular cases, in whatquantitiesand how avoid the unnecessary panic or misunderstanding among the public and serve the purpose, at the same time don’t lose it in the information maelstrom.

GoharHarutyunyan, specialist of“Information Analytical Department”SNCO of the Ministry of Nature Protection speaking on electronic databases for environmental information, presented the SEIS Sevan new website, as the first national project of total system (SEIS) of environmental information.

It was especially interesting as the journalists can obtain the information interested them not only in the form of numbers and text, but also charts and maps, which are more meaningful and very impressive visually.

The seminar was implemented withthesupport of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, within the frameworks of “To assist the government and civil society on issues relating to the environment” program.

Prepared by Mari Chakryan
Translated by Anush Beybutyan