March 1, 2017

Renewable energy scribes get a boost

Filed under: Enviroment,Renewable Energy — Nhaudzenyu @ 3:54 pm

By Nhau Mangirazi

HARARE- Environment journalists specializing on renewable energy stand to benefit from regional and international partnership to enhance good reportage of the sector affecting communities.
This follows a financial injection and partnership between Media Institute of Southern Africa, Misa- Zimbabwe chapter. Hivos, ZERO, Practical Action and others through capacity building of journalists from all provinces in the capital this week.

Misa-Zimbabwe programs coordinator Nyasha Nyakunu told journalists attending a training on renewable energy that the media must play a critical role in promoting the Bill of rights according to the new constitution that revolves around livelihoods of communities.
‘’It is imperative that as media we must remain as the watch dog of the society and therefore must be in a position to inform the public. Renewable energy can easily be tackled through unpacking the Bill of rights as the benchmark. We must probe stories on renewable energy on the right to shelter, clean water, health, education, among others and its impact on the society.’’ Nyakunu said.

He added that Misa Zimbabwe is working with other partners who have pulled resources to capacitate journalists and increase coverage on renewable energy as well as regional training of those who could have done better in telling a Zimbabwean story on renewable energy.

‘We hope that some will benefit in another international training later in the year in Europe by some of you who are committed on this cause’ he added.

According to ZERO website, it works in the area of universal access to energy. and civil society coordinator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in Zimbabwe.

”The goal is to increase universal energy access through the provision of modern energy for cooking, promoting rural electrification and advocating for pro-poor energy policies that expand access to people living in slums” says the website.

It adds that out of the 12.5 million people in Zimbabwe, more than 70 percent live in rural communities without access to modern energy.
”Only 19 percent of the majority of the country population has access to electricity. The household energy sector remains the largest consumer of energy due high dependence on traditional biomass.

The journalists drawn from both national and provincial newspapers were trained by seasoned environment journalist and media specialist Johnson Siamachira who urged media to be pro active on environment stories.

”This training is just a take off point, you must be able to go to the communities and help on how renewable energy is making strides in helping communities or challenges being faced’ said Siamachira.

Practical Action is also implementing projects on renewable energy in Zimbabwe and Malawi through Rural Sustainable Energy Development in Zimbabwe, RUSED, operating in two districts.

The project is contributing towards the overall objective which seeks to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural irrigation communities in two districts of Zimbabwe.

The project promotes the use of micro-hydro and solar energy by rural people around the Ruti and Himalaya irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe.


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