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 part 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.

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Internews’ Earth Journalism Network aims to address this with a new project, in partnership with Arcadia — a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing.

The Biodiversity Media Initiative will offer journalists three opportunities each year.

First, biodiversity media grants will strengthen the capacity of journalism networks and media organizations to report on biodiversity and conservation issues

Second, biodiversity story grants, 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. In the first two years, it has supported more than 150 journalists in the following 33 countries:

Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; China; Colombia; Cuba; Ecuador; Georgia; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; India; Indonesia; Kenya; Malaysia; Mexico; Myanmar; Nepal; New Zealand; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Russia; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Spain; Philippines; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States and Vietnam.

For more information, see the pages for each subproject.

Program Team