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Role of the Media in Climate Change Communication in the Northwest Region of Cameroon

  • Suiven John Paul TumeEmail author
  • Mbilam Samson Jumbam
  • Ndze Albert Nsoseka
  • Ngoran Divine Nyarka
  • Lawong Judith Yenla
  • Njodzeka Gilbert Njodzeka
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Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Abstract

Climate change communication is relatively new in Cameroon. It has become prominent because of dramatic environmental changes that threaten livelihoods. This paper, therefore, sets out to examine the role of the media in communicating climate change issues. To ascertain this, 28 media outlets composed of 25 radio stations and 3 newspapers were sampled to know their programmes on climate and environmental issues throughout the Northwest Region of Cameroon. In spite of their efforts to sensitise the public on the changing climate, the media fail to communicate the basics like daily weather forecast. However, 20 media houses (71.42%) broadcast climate change-related programmes and 19 (67.85%) have other environmental related programmes. All the media houses reported that the public is receptive of climate and environmental issues that they broadcast. Only 12 of the media outlets use the social media (42.85%) to disseminate climate issues. The public is actively engaged in climate change communication by media houses through interactive radio programs, invitation of resource persons to deliberate on climate issues, field investigations and reporting of evidences and vulnerabilities of the changing climate and seeking experts to address such concerns.

Keywords

Climate change Communication Media Northwest cameroon Environmental issues Stakeholders Vulnerability Mitigation Adaptation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We wish to thank Dr. Louise-Marie Bégné, (Regional Delegate of Communication for the Northwest Region of Cameroon) and Mr. Gilbert Fonyuy, (Regional Chief of Public Communication for the Northwest Region of Cameroon) who issued us an ethical clearance to collect data from media houses. We also acknowledge the media outlets that participated in this survey.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suiven John Paul Tume
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mbilam Samson Jumbam
    • 2
  • Ndze Albert Nsoseka
    • 3
  • Ngoran Divine Nyarka
    • 4
  • Lawong Judith Yenla
    • 5
  • Njodzeka Gilbert Njodzeka
    • 1
  1. 1.Green Care AssociationKumboCameroon
  2. 2.Faculty of Educational SciencesUniversity of Oslo-NorwayOsloNorway
  3. 3.Kailan FoundationKumboCameroon
  4. 4.Century CollegeSt. PaulUSA
  5. 5.Local Government Training CentreBueaCameroon

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