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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 2)
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Developing Regional Communications Campaigns Strategy for Environment and Natural Resources Management Policy Awareness for the East African Community

Wilson Okaka
Corresponding Author:  Wilson Okaka 

Key words:  Awareness, communication, conservation, environment, participation, policy,
Vol. 2 , (2): Page No: 106-111
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2009 November, 09 2009 December, 08 2010 April, 20
Abstract:

This paper uses the findings of an evaluation of Uganda’s national biomass energy conservation awareness campaigns, a review, and communications campaigns ‘best practices’, to present a case for a communications campaigns strategy for natural resources conservation policy by the East A frican Community (1999) states. The objectives are to: profile the key EAC natural resources conservation policy objectives; highlight the major conservation issues and challenges, outline sustainable development variables, and explain the need for effective public communications campaigns strategy using results of a recent evaluation of the national biomass energy policy awareness campaigns in Uganda. Awareness and knowledge of natural resource conservation and management was raised but behaviour did not change. Information communication technology (ICT) was the most accessible communication media. Most target audiences were ignored in the crucial tasks of message design, delivery, and evaluation during the campaigns. The mass media is the most efficient means of raising awareness for behaviour change. The EAC states are yet to develop an effective communication strategy for nature conservation management policy awareness for local, national, regional, and global environmental change including climate change. Effective communications campaigns will create, raise, develop and sustain the desired awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour for ecological sustainability in the EAC (1999).
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Wilson Okaka, 2010. Developing Regional Communications Campaigns Strategy for Environment and Natural Resources Management Policy Awareness for the East African Community.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 2(2): Page No: 106-111.
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