In February 2019, the project “Open Water Diplomacy Lab” organized a week long workshop on Media, Science and Water at IHE Delft. Journalists, photographers and researchers from different Nile countries were brought together to reflect on the narratives adopted by local and international media to communicate Nile issues.
During the workshop, participants attended lectures, trainings and discussion to fine-tune and learn new skills about storytelling for science communication. Having found inspiration for a topic to research during the workshop, two journalists from the Water Journalists Africa network have written two articles on the decline of insect populations in Tanzania and Uganda. Find excerpts of the articles below.
“Butterflies and grasshoppers have almost the same life cycle. They are more in wetlands than any other place. In Tanzania, butterflies are disappearing from Mara River wetlands and local communities are missing migration of these beautiful insects. "Forests along the river banks have been badly damaged and for that reason insects are disappearing," says Kanuni Kanuni, an environmental expert who works with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Tanzania at Mara River Basin office in Musoma ”. Read the full article here.
“In the not so distant past, it would have been hard to convince Josephine Kateeba, a housewife in Rwentobo, Rugando Rwampara district in southwestern Uganda to buy grasshoppers, let alone spending a whole year without eating some. For her family and several other homesteads in her community, grasshoppers were free. Women and children would catch them in bushes from November to December and April to June seasons. But things have changed now”. Read the full article here.