15.03.2012 - UNESCO

E-waste guide launched to help Pacific media

Picture from the guide on e-waste - © David Haynes

A guide to help Pacific reporters produce news items on electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) has been produced by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with the UNESCO support.

E-waste is electrical and electronic equipment that is at the end of its useful life. This covers home or business items that use power, some examples of which are televisions, radios, computers, phones and digital cameras. Pacific Island communities now face growing challenges from the impacts of e-waste.

“SPREP fully understands the value of Pacific media to help raise awareness and understanding of local communities, hence the development of this E-waste guide for reporters,” said the Director-General of SPREP, David Sheppard. “We hope that through this publication more information about e-waste will be shared, which will lead to a better informed community, bringing about positive actions to achieve a more sustainable future.”

According to Visesio Pongi, Director of UNESCO’s Office in Apia, the new guide will prepare the media to awareness-raising on e-waste at national and local levels. Informed communities are especially needed in the vulnerable environment of Pacific States. Knowledge on e-waste can be seen as one the important steps towards sustainable development.

The publication covers a range of key areas, such as legal, social, economic, health and environment implications of e-waste. It also contains a case study about the first e-waste day in Cook Islands, and describes activities for the news room to carry out in order to increase the understanding of the issue and to explore different story ideas.

All activities within the guide can be adapted to suit different learning methods, whether it is for an internal training session in a news room or for individual learning of reporters who have a personal interest in this issue.

“This guide has been prepared through numerous discussions with Pacific news reporters in order to meet their needs,” said Nanette Woonton from SPREP. “We are grateful for the UNESCO support and vision in developing this publication, which will benefit the Pacific media as well as the wider community.”

To obtain a hard copy of the guide please contact Nanette Woonton at: nanettew(at)sprep.org

The electronic version is available here.




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