Media in environmental awareness campaign

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An environmental awareness campaign on the theme "civil society and environment", dubbed Environment Fortnight, started Tuesday on Benin radio and television.
The campaign is organised by the Programme of Assistance to Communication and Information for Environmental Protection (PACIPE) and Benin's ministry of environmental issues.
For two weeks, radio listeners and television viewers will tune into programmes related to the environment, air pollution and coastal erosion.
The processing of household garbage and solid waste, as well as tree planting and other issues related to environmental protection will also be dealt with.
At the end of the programmes, viewers and listeners will follow the advice given to induce behavioural change.
According to a report published in October 2000 by the Benin ministry of the environment on air quality in urban areas, carbon monoxide concentration has reached 18mg per cubic millimetre.
Health problems caused by pollution in Cotonou, notably cardiovascular, kidney and respiratory diseases, take up some 600 million cfa (about 800,000 US dollars) a year, which represents 1.
2 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the report added.

17 october 2001 10:49:00

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