Biodiversity Media Initiative
The biodiversity crisis doesn’t get the headlines it deserves. Habitat loss, overhunting and now climate change threaten wild species across the planet. Scientists warn that the decline in biodiversity will have knock-on effects for humanity, and particularly for people who live closest to nature and who depend most directly on her goods and services.
The challenge of balancing human needs with environmental integrity is huge. The media has a role to play in raising awareness of these issues and enabling citizens, policymakers and private companies to debate and implement solutions. However, current media coverage of biodiversity and conservation is limited.
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network aims to address this with a new project, in partnership with the Arcadia Fund. The Biodiversity Media Initiative will offer journalists three opportunities each year for the next three years.
- First, biodiversity media grants will strengthen the capacity of journalism networks and media organizations to report on biodiversity and conservation issues
- Second, biodiversity story stipends, will support the production of stories that investigate new threats to biodiversity, as well as innovative, potentially-scalable conservation solutions.
- Third, biodiversity fellowships will enable journalists to attend and report on major international conferences with a focus on biodiversity and conservation.
The Biodiversity Media Initiative has support from 2016-2018. For more information, see the pages for each subproject.