Mekong: Sustainable News


To promote a form of journalism that will contribute to sustainable development in the Mekong region.
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Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are all predominantly rural countries; indeed, in the last three, more people work in the agricultural sector than any other. These four countries are among those that are most affected by climate change, especially in rural areas. They also have to cope with major challenges in terms of air and water pollution, food safety and new pandemics.

Faced with these threats, the work carried out by journalists is absolutely critical, as it makes it possible to raise people's awareness and inform them about the issues linked to sustainable development, so that they will be inspired to play their part in making the environmental changes needed in their respective countries.

Launched in 2019, the Mekong: Sustainable News project is helping to improve how scientific news topics are being processed in the Mekong region, especially by digital media organisations. It is encouraging journalists to cover environmental subjects in a positive and humane way, by highlighting tangible solutions. Journalists have to act as intermediaries between the scientific community and the general public, so that people can be informed about the most relevant points concerning the key challenges ahead.

The project is specifically financed by the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects, Civil Societies, French-Speaking Countries and Human Development, which is run by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.


Project beneficiaries

Journalists from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, especially young professionals from online media.

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Mekong: Sustainable News


Training courses on the fundamentals of journalism, paving the way for scientific specialisms or environmental specialisms (data journalism, fact checking, video...)

  • Training courses on web writing, digital tools (verification, data-journalism, fact-checking, geolocation) and video reporting.
  • Workshops on relationships with the audience, the use of social network sites and the social responsibility of journalists (morals, ethics, and combating fake news).
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Mekong: Sustainable News – first initiatives launched in Cambodia

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Mekong: sustainable news, results 2019

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Training courses and support for the production of content focusing on environmental protection and climate change

  • A training course for trainers on how to analyse local issues and understand international negotiations
  • Drawing-up of technical data sheets for educational and journalistic use (online, in four languages)
  • Specialist training courses on how to handle subjects relating to the effects of climate change and to environmental protection
  • Training courses and support for the production of documentaries focusing on issues affecting the Mekong Delta
  • Assistance in producing digital content
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December 5, 2019

Microplastics pollution in Vietnam: bringing useful information to citizens

In November, twelve Vietnamese journalists received a specialized training in Ho Chi Minh City on the impact of microplastic on environment and...
June 3, 2020

Launch of the Mekong Media Initiative

CFI launches a scheme to support online newsrooms in the Mekong region to publish content on environment, health and sustainable development.
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October 12, 2021

Saychai Phanthavong: building a greener future

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Training courses and support for the production of content focusing on sustainable forms of production and consumption and on health

  • A training course for trainers on how to analyse local issues and understand international negotiations
  • Drawing-up of technical data sheets for educational and journalistic use (online, in four languages)
  • Specialist training courses on how to handle subjects relating to agroecology, irrigation methods, environmental health, and what to do in the event of a natural disaster
  • Field trips, study visits to farms and an environmental health unit (in France), to help the participants to become more specialised and produce reports
  • Assistance in producing digital content
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February 21, 2020

Explaining economic development through data journalism

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“Featuring Green Growth”: CFI and GRET launch their visual storytelling training program in Laos

Field trips, talks with experts, popular scientific information will be at the heart of the "Featuring Green Growth" training program CFI and...
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Announcing the selected participants to the "Featuring Green Growth" programme

CFI and GRET are delighted to announce the selected participants for the "Featuring Green Growth" storytelling training in Laos to start in...
July 27, 2020

#MekongNews celebrates environmental reporting in the Mekong region

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Bounheng Southichak, Listening to Laos

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