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COP23 SIDE EVENT – ePOP observations: Calling for Actions


Bonn, 8 November, 2917: The PIDF Secretary General was part of an interactive panel for a side event on the Pacific Youth Dialogue on Climate Change: Questions Live that was held at the COP23 Fiji pavilion.

The live interactive session was also attended by the Fiji Climate Change Champion, Inia Seruiratu, Elisabeth Barbier, Deputy General Director, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Rebecca Carter, Deputy Director of Climate Resilience Practice World Resources Institute (WRI), Jean-Emmanuel Casalta, Director of Strategy and international Development, France Médias Monde (FMM), James Close, Director of Climate Change, World Bank, Elisabeth Holland, Director of the Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific (USP)

Secretary General, François Martel elaborated on natural resources management facing global warming and climate change and on climate risk management and adaptation projects as part of his question response to three young members of the aspiring epop initiative.

The event organised by the ePOP – (eParticipatory Observers Project), concept was conceived by RFI planète radio (France Medias Monde) and developed with the IRD, in partnership with the Tara Expéditions Foundation, Pacific Islands Development Forum, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and The University of the South Pacific.

These young climate and environment reporters, for citizen engagement to cope with climate change were youth representatives from New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, who are Climate and Environment Pacific Youth Ambassadors, interacted with representatives of States, international institutions, major NGOs, scientific organizations and international media, on the actions undertaken or to be undertaken to preserve island environments from the impacts of climate change.

Actors of intergenerational dialogue in Pacific islands, these spokespersons asked questions with the panelist on policies to combat the impacts of climate change, adaptation or resilience strategies, the means employed and the innovations proposed to preserve the traditional ways of life and consumption, to combat the socio-economic inequalities generated by climate change in island environments. This very dynamic session was punctuated by the small video reports realized by the ePOPers.

This innovative project is built around an international network of young volunteers from the Pacific region. With a cooperative and participatory approach, the ePOPers shoot and edit video clips that capture the feelings of local populations facing the direct consequences of worldwide changes and climate change.

Young ePOPers from several countries and territories in the Pacific are trained to exchange information and produce video reports in English and French. They convey testimonials, observations and questions from local populations to share them with scientists and experts in order to collect their comments and feedback, thus playing an active role in linking science, medias and societies.

The short videos they post on the project website and social networks are their way of reaching out to scientists and experts around the world.

The France Médias Monde Group’s channels and their digital environments also provide worldwide sounding boards.

epop video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3_MNK8vHUQ&feature=youtu.be