04 May 2011
AMARC, the World Association of Community Radio, is currently realizing a Regional Conference in Port-au-prince, Haiti, from the 4th to the 6th of May, entitled "Communication, Vulnerability, Emergencies and Climate Change: The Role of Community Radio”.
The goal of the conference will be to reinforce the social impact of community radios in regards to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as prepare for using community radio in the areas of disaster preparedness and humanitarian response, including food security.
The conference will gather community radio representatives from the Caribbean region and Haiti, as well as delegates from other regions to exchange experiences and strength capacities of community radios in awareness raising and information broadcasting. Overall objective is accompanying communities during natural disasters, such as those happened in Indonesia, Japan, Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Chile and elsewhere.
The Conference will analyze best practices by Community Radios, NGOs and Governments in Disaster prevention and management as well as in climate change adaptation and mitigation, defining lines of action to increase Community Radios and Civil Society effectiveness.
Communication for Development promotes the combination of participatory approaches, community and broadcast media in rural areas, particularly, the use of community radios in providing access to knowledge and information to rural audiences to enhance their resilience to hazards and natural disasters.