Mexico is a megadiverse country and is a host of cultural and environmental complexities. Under the acutal panoroma of biodiversity loss, transformation of natural ecosystems, a crisis of water supply and quality, and environmental contingencies, some of them as a result of global climate change, it is important to increase both the effort and quality of communication of environmental themes.

Currently, the reporting of environmental issues in mass media in Mexico has not obtained the attention it deserves. Independently, the universities and research centres have increased their interest in establishing communication channels and the improvement of its collaborative strategies with other social actors, in particular with media people and stake holders.

In order to know more about the state of the art of public environmental journalism in our country, a survey was made amongst resident journalists in Mexico who cover these topics. The present work will show the most important results that would help draw a map of who reports on the environmental source and its principal mass media. In an effort to strengthen the links between the scientific community and reporters, we propose the creation of scientific culture units in research institutions that will contribute to open and maintain strong links with organizations involved with science and environmental communication

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Communicating environmental issues through the press in mexico
An overview

Ana Nepote   Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México campus Morelia

Mexico is a megadiverse country and is a host of cultural and environmental complexities. Under the acutal panoroma of biodiversity loss, transformation of natural ecosystems, a crisis of water supply and quality, and environmental contingencies, some of them as a result of global climate change, it is important to increase both the effort and quality of communication of environmental themes.

Currently, the reporting of environmental issues in mass media in Mexico has not obtained the attention it deserves. Independently, the universities and research centres have increased their interest in establishing communication channels and the improvement of its collaborative strategies with other social actors, in particular with media people and stake holders.

In order to know more about the state of the art of public environmental journalism in our country, a survey was made amongst resident journalists in Mexico who cover these topics. The present work will show the most important results that would help draw a map of who reports on the environmental source and its principal mass media. In an effort to strengthen the links between the scientific community and reporters, we propose the creation of scientific culture units in research institutions that will contribute to open and maintain strong links with organizations involved with science and environmental communication

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