Cross-border investigative stories published as conference on climate change in West Africa holds
After months of training journalists, forging partnership with research institutes and climate study as well as investigative stories field work, CIJ’s OCRI partner, the Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) held a public conference on Friday, 20 January 2023 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The conference was part of the West Africa facing climate change project implemented by CENOZO in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali; as part of the global Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) project initiated by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ).
OCRI’s Francophone Regional Coordinator, Maxime gave an overview of the initiative while Alexandre Brutelle who served as trainer and mentor to the journalists presented the four investigative stories. The cross-border stories interrogated a number of climate change issues across Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali.
A panel discussion about what collaboration is required between journalists and civil society for successful media coverage of climate change then followed with stakeholders agreeing that urgent actions to combat the effects of climate change needed to happen.