International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017

Ten journalists from around the world joined EJN at the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), held in Cartagena, Colombia from July 23-27, 2017. This year's conference, entitled "Insights for Sustaining Life of Earth," urged scientists to find conservation solutions needed to ensure the sustainability of critical biodiversity resources for generations to come.

Selected from more than 130 applicants, the Fellows represented key biodiversity hotspots around the globe, including Brazil, Indonesia, India, and China. They participated in a daylong orientation workshop led by biologist Mike Shanahan, who heads EJN's Biodiversity Media Initiative, and a field trip to Colombia's Aviario Nacional ahead of the conference.

While at ICCB, the journalists connected with experts from the field and explored prominent issues and new approaches to conservation. They spent five days developing sources and story ideas, networking with other journalists, and producing dozens of reports on news from relevant organizations, governments, and researchers.

The journalists that participated in the EJN Fellowship were:

  • Fabiola Ortiz, Brazil - O Eco
  • Ivan Carrillo, Mexico - National Geographic Latin America
  • Emiliano Rodriguez, Mexico - Emeequis
  • Shahzada Irfan Ahmed, Pakistan - The News on Sunday
  • Vishal Gulati, India - Indo-Asian News Service (IANS)
  • Yan Wang, China - NewsChina Magazine
  • Hans Nicholas Jong, Indonesia - The Jakarta Post
  • Tunicia Phillips, South Africa - Kaya FM
  • Kata Karath, UK - New Scientist
  • Christopher Solomon, US - Outside Magazine

This program was part of the Biodiversity Media Initiative run by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network with support from the Arcadia Fund, which aims to boost media coverage of critical but underreported biodiversity and conservation issues worldwide.

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