Wilton Park media workshop in Vietnamedit
Facilitating a workshop for journalists takes Wilton Park to Vietnam for the first time. Publicising disaster preparedness activity through the news is a crucial part of mitigating the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable populations.
Disaster preparedness in Vietnam: getting the story out before the disaster hits
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November 2013 (WP1310)
This week, in partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Vietnam Television Training Center, Wilton Park is helping to facilitate a two day workshop for journalists in Vietnam. Sessions will focus on ‘the why’ and ‘the how’ of reporting disaster risk reduction stories, how to ‘sell’ stories to editors and turning science into news. The workshop will include a field trip and a chance to pitch their news stories to a selection of editors.
This follows on from our conference organised with ADPC the previous week focusing on mitigating the flooding risk in urban areas in the river deltas in Asia. This included the Mekong, Chao Phraya, Irrawaddy, and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers.
This activity is, tragically, very timely. The devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines highlights the need for robust planning and implementation in advance of disasters. The UN has recently praised the Republic of Vietnam for their preparedness efforts in advance of Typhoon Haiyan’s arrival.