EJN Awards 12 Journalists Grants to Cover Under-reported Biodiversity Threats in East Africa

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EJN Awards 12 Journalists Grants to Cover Under-reported Biodiversity Threats in East Africa

As part of the newly-announced Biodiversity Knowledge Hub, EJN has selected 12 journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania to report on key biodiversity issues in the region. 

The Biodiversity Knowledge Hub, launched with the support of USAID and the U.S. Department of Interior, will be a space for regular forums and convenings of journalists, editors, members of the conservation community and other stakeholders to improve media coverage of biodiversity-related environmental issues in East Africa.    

In this round of story grants, several journalists will be investigating threats to critical marsh and swamp ecosystems, birds of prey and vultures and the endangered shea tree, along with conservation solutions developed by Indigenous and local communities to protect their environment. Other grantees will focus on the impact of agriculture and land use compared to pastoralism, the impacts of invasive species, conservation strategies for traditional medicinal plants and a potential solar-powered solution to maintain wildlife corridors. 

With the guidance of expert mentors, these journalists will uncover under-reported stories about threats to biodiversity in East Africa, as well as highlight key community-led solutions that are preserving traditional lands and species for the future: 

  • Brenda Holo, Kenya 
  • William Abala, Kenya 
  • Bernard Muhia, Kenya 
  • Joyce Chimbi, Kenya 
  • Carolyne Tomno, Kenya 
  • Emily Chebet, Kenya 
  • David Okema and Peter Labeja, Uganda 
  • Raziah Athman, Uganda 
  • Rukia Nabbanja, Uganda 
  • Annonciata Byukusenge, Rwanda 
  • Goodhope Amani, Tanzania 

Learn more about the Biodiversity Knowledge Hub project and look out for grantees’ stories on the EJN website. 

Banner image: The endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) in Tanzania / Credit: Per Harald Olsen, AfricanBioServices via Flickr. 

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