International journalists to cover UN biodiversity negotiations

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Earth Journalism Network, Cancun, Mexico

What are governments doing to meet their commitments to preserve biodiversity? Are communities getting a fair deal from companies that profit from their local natural resources? How can we balance conservation needs with economic development? And what does climate change mean for life on Earth?

These are among the questions journalists will be asking next week in Mexico, when they travel to the UN biodiversity negotiations under the EJN Biodiversity Media Initiative’s latest fellowship program.

EJN selected the journalists from more than 147 who applied for a place. They will spend one week in Cancun to report on the 13th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Under the CBD, nearly 200 countries have committed to meeting the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020. However, under current progress only one-third of the targets are on track to be met.

The meeting will review the progress that has been made towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the achievement of the Aichi Targets, as well as related means of implementation. It will also identify actions needed to meet the Targets at the national level.

The EJN fellows will receive briefings on the negotiations and key issues under discussion. They will report on the intergovernmental negotiations and side events, and will also visit a local biodiversity project near to Cancun.

THE BIODIVERSITY MEDIA INITIATIVE FELLOWS ARE:

  • Adebiyi Adedapo - Leadership Newspaper Group, Nigeria
  • Elaíze de Souza Farias - Amazonia Real, Brazil
  • Tina Carmillia Adrian - BFM89.9 The Business Station, Malaysia
  • Samuel Hinneh - Allied News Limited/GhanaWeb, Ghana
  • Alberto Ñiquen - La Mula, Peru
  • Daniela E. A. Chiaretti - Valor, Brazil
  • Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava - Hindustan Times, India
  • Elaine Diaz Rodriguez - Periodismo de Barrio, Cuba
  • Gloria Jeanette Dickie - Biographic/Hakai Magazine, Canada
  • Mariana Morales - El Heraldo, Mexico

The fellowship program is funded by the Global Environment Facility, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Full Circle Fund. The fellowship program is part of EJN’s broader Biodiversity Media Initiative, which is funded largely by the Arcadia Fund.