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Community Radio : Linking the

VOICES
Climate Change Building Critical
Mass Awareness: Engaging the Media
Sectors in Bangladesh
20 December, 2014
Organized by: redrawtheline, FEJB,
The Media Alliance, BNNRC, Development Media Ltd.

AHM . Bazlur Rahman-S21BR


Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and
Communication
ceo@bnnrc.net | 01711881647
www.bnnrc.net

Knowledge Societies
Knowledge Knowledge Knowledge Knowledge
Creation

Preservation Dissemination Utilization

Pluralism
Human Needs and Rights

Community Radios

: 14 Functional & 18 will start by


June 2015

Total Broadcast Hour

: 120 Hours

Coverage

: 67 Upazillas of 13 District

Population

: 4.6 Millions

Community Broadcasters

: 1000 Youth Women and Youth

About Contents

: Education, Information,
Entertainment and
Development Motivation
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Community Radio as a knowledge tool


in responding to climate change
under the Nairobi work program under
UNFCCC

As a knowledge tool, community radio offers benefits in the following


ways in Bangladesh inline with Adaptation, Technology Transfer &
Finance/Budget

Speaking to communities in local dialect using terms and


phrases that are easily understood;
Providing two-way interactive social learning through
listening clubs, call-in shows, and other forms of exchange;
Enabling the communication and exchange of knowledge
between people who need it, e.g. rural farmers, in a consumable,
deployable and non-threatening way;
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Communicating local knowledge, needs and demands


beyond the community to inform policy, research, and other
communities;

Providing the only media available to communities that have


little or no access to other methods of conveying information
and knowledge;

Bringing together people from frequently disconnected


stakeholder groups such as livelihoods, community leaders,
organizations and governance.

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Weather and rural livelihoods:


Community Radio Contents

Expenditure increases :
as changes in weather force higher spending on
cultivation:
Hot temperatures and drought force them to use
more expensive fertilisers, irrigation in the
summer and, in some cases, drought resistant
seeds.

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Incomes decrease
as changes in weather destroy crops:
Lack of rain causes crops to die,Hail crushes crops , Rain
falling at unpredictable times means crops dont ripen,
Unpredictable rainfall ruins crops just before harvest
Colder weather creates heavy dew in the morning, which
ruins the crop Increased salination of soil killing crops and
fruit trees
Decrease in food production
means people are more vulnerable to price
hikes as they are reliant on bought food:
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Program Format:

Drama
Features
Interviews
Panels and
discussions
Documentary
Voice of people
Magazine
Phone in

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Listeners feedback:

More and more field-based


program should be broadcast
Technical terms should be
explained in easy language
Weather bulletin should be
broadcast regularly in local
dialects
More and more knowledge about
Adaptation
Give detail about various types of
govt. loan & subsidy schemes

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Challenges

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