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Hi everyone... My name is Vasemaca Rarabici but you can call me Va. I'm from the Fiji Islands and I'm so happy to have met so many of you at the 2007 Science Conference in Melbourne. I work for SeaWeb - it is a communications-based nonprofit organization that uses social marketing techniques to advance ocean conservation. By raising public awareness, advancing science-based solutions and mobilizing decision-makers around ocean conservation, we are leading voices for a healthy ocean. I am its Asia Pacific Programme Associate. More on SeaWen can be found on www.seaweb.org
I play several roles and they are:
(i) report on ocean issues and give it to the local media (for free) to publish or broadcast.
(ii) Look for story ideas/news tips on ocean issues and give it to the media to follow up. Also arrange interviews between the media and ocean stakeholders.
(iii) do media workshops for ocean stakeholders on how they can effectivelty communicate their work to the media;understanding the role of the media and how they operate.
(iv) assist the media with research when the need arises.
I also do part-time lecture at the Fiji Institute of Technology, teaching Basic News Writing. In Fiji we don't have journalists specialsing in Science probably because they find it dull, boring and complicated. My dream is to make the Fiji Media realise the importance of science reporting and to create a field of Fiji Science Journalists. I also hope that through this networking, someone, somewhere could help in the organising of some workshops in Fiji that could sensitise editors on science issues and more importantly train the local journalists on science reporting.
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I pray for your departed soul to rest in peace Va. I was shocked to read about your paasing on when I so much wanted to learn more from you.Lala ngo xolo ntombi ka Rarabici. I 'm glad I got to meet you.
Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself. Your goal of sensitizing the media about science issues is very impressive. Am not a scientists but I hold workshops as well. Would be happy to work with you in running workshops and seminars.
It was with deepest regrets that I have to inform you all that this friend and colleague Vasemaca has left us and passed on. She passed on a day before NY's eve and will be laid to rest in her picturesque village along the coast on Tuesday next week.. May you rest in peace and God speed Va!
I so much wanted to get in touch with you a couple of week ago with regards to the climate change film festival hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature that took place on 22nd September.It was my wish to get your opinion about the festival. Please keep in touch and inform me about some of the activities taking place in your region on climate change and environmental awareness campaign. Please indicate when and what time would be convenient for me to call you to talk about the above mentioned. Hope and wish that you and your family are in good health. Look forward to a good collaboration in this matter as people in this part of our region do not know much about your situation both in science and environmental developemnt.
Hope and wish that this time around you do not have to convince your editor to consider any of the science and environment stories as significant or not. I was disappointed by the outcome of the G8 meeting last week as the issue of biodiversity was again so to say relegated to the margins of their deliberations. It was a pleasure meeting you in Melbourne.
I am so impressed with this setup that I have decided to extend it to my small line of speciality- climate and climate change. I will invite all people to come and link up there. The more the merrier.