Aida Greenbury joins Mongabay’s board of advisors
Aug07

Aida Greenbury joins Mongabay’s board of advisors

Mongabay is pleased to announce that Aida Greenbury, an Indonesian forester with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of sustainability, forest management and industry, is joining our advisory board. Other members of the Mongabay.org advisory board include primatologist and conservation icon Jane Goodall, tropical ecologist William F. Laurance, and botanist Peter Raven. “I’m thrilled to welcome Aida Greenbury to Mongabay’s advisory board,” said Rhett Butler, Mongabay’s founder and CEO. “Her curiosity and passion toward forests and wildlife as well as her knowledge from studying forestry for almost all her life lead her to become an early champion for the zero-deforestation movement within a company, and industry, where that was a pretty radical concept at the time.” For 13 years Greenbury worked on sustainability issues at Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s largest integrated forestry, pulp and paper groups. As the Chief Sustainability Officer, Greenbury spearheaded the controversial forestry group’s development, adoption, and implementation of a forest conservation policy that in 2013 won wide acclaim from some of APP’s harshest critics. The policy established protocols for addressing social conflict, barred deforestation and conversion of peatlands from its supply chain, and set targets for restoring degraded peatlands. Greenbury left APP in May 2017, although she is currently engaged by the group on a short-term advisory contract limited to its potential re-association with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Greenbury is currently working as an independent sustainability advisor, including serving as Co-Chair of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group and Chair of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Partnership. As a member of the advisory board, Greenbury will provide advice and help coordinate network development as Mongabay expands its coverage in Asia. She will also offer insights on the forestry sector in the region. “I feel very fortunate to have a chance to contribute to this cause. Mongabay is a non-profit organization based on science. Although I took a different but, parallel path with my earlier career, I was raised as a scientist and have always applied its disciplines,” said Greenbury. “The founder and board members of Mongabay are driven by their passion for nature and wildlife, and I have always been passionate about responsible forest management and forest conservation. Given these similarities between our goals, it seems only natural to me that our paths should intertwine.” “Saving the forest is not a one-size-fits-all process; it can be done in many different ways, but one thing that holds true is that the barriers between forest conservation and stakeholders must be broken down. By joining Mongabay’s Advisory Board I hope to take a step towards...

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Mongabay is seeking a research associate to help evaluate conservation effectiveness
Jun19

Mongabay is seeking a research associate to help evaluate conservation effectiveness

Mongabay is working on a reporting project that combines science and journalism to evaluate the effectiveness of different conservation strategies. We are looking for scientists who have strong literature synthesis skills, are able to work independently in a rigorous and unbiased way with different types of scientific evidence, and are open-minded and willing to depart from the traditional academic work. This project contributes to a growing demand for evidence on the actual, on-the-ground impact of different conservation strategies, helping the public, conservation practitioners, donors, and decision makers make sense of a large but disparate body of literature. The evidence on each conservation strategy will be presented in an engaging, interactive, approachable, yet rigorous way, together with an investigative story about each strategy by a Mongabay staff writer. We are looking for one or two scientists (advanced graduate students, postdocs) who will carry out a literature review on a specific conservation strategy, collaborate with a journalist on creating a story, and help make interactive visualizations of the collected evidence. Funds for 1-3 months of research work will be available. Projects will have to be completed by mid-December 2017. Examples of the strategies that we are interested in include, but are not limited to regulations of trade with wildlife, environmental law enforcement, environmental advocacy, ecotourism, land purchase schemes, protected areas, including marine protected areas, and others. Learn more about this opportunity, the position requirements and how to apply.   We look forward to hearing from...

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Mongabay is hiring an Indonesia-based staff writer
Feb10

Mongabay is hiring an Indonesia-based staff writer

Mongabay, a non-profit news media organization, currently seeks a full-time Indonesia-based staff writer to adapt content from our Indonesian-language site into English and do original English-language reporting on environmental issues in Indonesia. The Indonesian staff writer will be responsible for adapting articles on a near-daily basis about environmental issues — especially those related to coal, fisheries, forests, land use change, and conservation — to be published on our English-language news site. Read more about this position and how to apply....

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New Reporting Opportunity – Conservation Effectiveness in Madagascar
Feb09

New Reporting Opportunity – Conservation Effectiveness in Madagascar

Mongabay is excited to announce a new special reporting project that aims to explore the effectiveness of conservation spending and interventions in Madagascar. The project, housed under our Mongabay Reporting Network (MRN) program, is open to journalists with strong analytical skills, story-telling abilities, and experience in doing deep investigative reporting on complex issues. This project coincides with a sharp increase in tourism and overseas development aid for conservation in Madagascar, a top biodiversity hotspot that has been heavily impacted by habitat destruction and degradation in recent decades. We’re interested in learning how past conservation funds were used and how effective that spending was in Madagascar as well as the prospects for conservation in the country going forward. We expect to engage one or two journalists to do an extended series of stories for this project. Travel grants for reporting are available. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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Travel fellowships for science journalists
Jan26

Travel fellowships for science journalists

Robert Irion, director emeritus of the science journalism program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a member of the local organizing committee for the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017, alerted us to an exciting opportunity for international science journalists. He graciously offered to do a write up detailing the opportunity. Please note the application deadline in March 15.   World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 offers travel fellowships to international journalists and students In October 2017, the biennial World Conference of Science Journalists will meet in the United States for the first time. The conference, set for October 26-30 in San Francisco, will attract 1,200 science writers from around the world for workshops on science journalism, talks by leading researchers, and science-based field trips. Meeting organizers have announced a travel fellowship program to offset costs for international journalists and students who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting. Recipients will receive full travel expenses, lodging, and free meeting registration. The organizers especially encourage established and new journalists from developing countries to apply for fellowships. Journalists may apply for a General Travel Fellowship if they write, edit, or produce science news, information, or commentary for the public; teach science journalism; or are a member of a World Federation of Science Journalists member association, and would not be able to attend the conference without financial assistance. In addition to conference-only fellowships, a limited number of participants will be awarded fellowships that guarantee seats in pre-conference workshops in addition to generous travel funding. Fellowship applicants can register their interest in two programs during the application process: * A workshop for journalists who cover basic science or would like to improve their basic science knowledge. * A workshop for science journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Student Travel Fellowship program will provide special training, mentoring, editing, and publication opportunities for students interested in writing, editing, or producing science news, information, or commentary for the public as a career. Priority for these fellowships will be given to U.S. and international students at the undergraduate level, although graduate students in the sciences or early-career writers without access to formal training programs in journalism also are welcome to apply. All student fellows will attend a pre-conference training workshop with veteran science journalists to discuss the basics of covering science news. Each fellow will write two articles about sessions during the conference: one on a science session and one on a science writing panel discussion. Volunteer editors will work with each student fellow on revisions. The training workshop and all meeting sessions will be conducted in English, and all stories...

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