MAP’s first major event of 2015 was Lebanon’s first Training Retreat dedicated to the intersection between peace journalism and environmental concerns. Under its Media, Peace and Environment Program (MPE) and within an Environmental Media, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Project, MAP organized a Training Retreat on “The Role of Peace Journalism in Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development in Lebanon”. The Retreat was held in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Program (SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and supported by the European Union (EU).
The four-day retreat took place in Dhour El Choueir’s Evangelical Conference Center on April 6th-9th, 2015. More than fifteen journalism, media and international affairs students from different Lebanese universities participated in the training. Over fifteen environmental experts, journalists and researchers attended the event as trainers.
Ms. Vanessa Bassil, Founder, President and Executive Director of MAP, launched the retreat, emphasizing that it was the first of its kind. The Media, Peace and Environment Program (MPE) seeks to reach positive peace by addressing indirect violence represented in culture and societal structures. The retreat encouraged participants to engage in environmental peace journalism and create a pressure group to find solutions for pressing environmental problems in Lebanon that might cause or result from conflicts.