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A press trip to visit disaster risk reduction programmes in the Philippines

09 February - 12 February 2015, The Philippines (DG ECHO)

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In cooperation with the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) of the European Commission, the European Journalism Centre invites ten EU28 journalists to join a press trip on 9-12 February 2015 in the Philippines.

Over the last decades, disaster preparedness has become a growing challenge as a result of climate change. Since 1997, the European Commission has funded a large number of projects to help local Filipino communities to better withstand future disasters. Following Typhoon Haiyan, the European Commission immediately deployed humanitarian and civil protection experts to the most disaster-affected areas, and invested 40 million euros in relief assistance as well as early recovery and reconstruction. Since Haiyan, the population is more aware of the need for a timely evacuation from coastal areas, and the local authorities effectively undertook preparedness efforts during Typhoon Hagupit which hit a year after in 2014.

In the lead up to the UN Conferences on disaster risk reduction in March 2015 and climate change in December 2015, the press trip will provide insight into how the EU has supported disaster-prone countries like the Philippines for disaster response and preparedness. The participants will visit the disaster-affected areas for a better understanding about the EU-funded disaster risk reduction programmes in the country, and meet the EU representatives, partner organisations, local authorities and communities.

The press trip is planned for 9-12 February 2015, with arrival in Manila on 8 February and departure on 13 February. All confirmed participants will need to attend the entire 4-day programme. Travel, accommodation (5 nights) and some meals will be covered and arranged by the organisers.

The event will give priority to feature journalists from print, radio and online media outlets in the EU28 member states, and those covering climate change as well as aid and development issues. Foreign correspondents who are based in Asia and working for media outlets in one or more countries of the EU28 member states are also encouraged to register for the trip.

For more information, please contact Rina Tsubaki at tsubaki@ejc.net. If you are interested in attending this seminar, please apply directly via this website.

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