Mongabay in the news, July 2017
Aug24

Mongabay in the news, July 2017

Mongabay’s original reports are referenced and republished widely, and in multiple languages. One highlight of the past month’s pickups is Buzzfeed’s republishing of our feature about the women who live alongside rhinos in Orang National Park, a 78-square-kilometer protected area in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Here’s a selection of media outlets where our reporting turned up during July 2017: AFK Insider, Animal Politico, Buzzfeed, Common Dreams, The Conversation, El Espectador, Ecowatch, The Guardian, The Independent, E&E News, Eco-Business, Financial Tribune, International News Lens, La Mula, Mekong Eye, News Deeply, Pacific Standard, Paste Magazine, Publimetro, RPP Noticias, Reptiles Magazine, Scroll, Semana, Telesur TV, Truthout, Vulcan Post, The Wire, and The Zimbabwean. Photo by Erik Hoffner....

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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 to expand environmental news coverage in India
Aug06

Mongabay to expand environmental news coverage in India

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” In 1999, embracing those famous words derived from remarks made by Mahatma Gandhi, I founded Mongabay out of my passion for wildlife and nature. Since then, the effort has grown into a multinational initiative involving hundreds of journalists and reaching tens of millions of people each year. Mongabay’s expansion has particularly accelerated since we moved to a non-profit model five years ago. Our first project as a non-profit environmental media organization was Mongabay-Indonesia, an Indonesian-language environmental news service run by Indonesians for Indonesians. Mongabay-Indonesia proved remarkably popular and impactful in Indonesia, pioneering new ideas for Mongabay’s global news operation and paving the way for Mongabay-Latam, our Spanish-language news service that launched just over a year ago. Stories from Mongabay-Latam are now regularly appearing in nearly 20 newspapers, blogs, and publications in ten Latin American countries. Today I’m excited to announce a new expansion: Mongabay-India, which will follow in the tradition of our other properties by producing high-quality, original news reporting on conservation and environmental issues in India. Mongabay-India will be run by a team in India — we are now hiring the first two staff positions (Managing Editor and Staff Writer) and plan to launch the reporting bureau by October. Initially, Mongabay-India will focus on producing written content in English, but in time, we intend to broaden our offerings to video and other languages. Our articles will be produced under an open Creative Commons license allowing other outlets to use our content commercially or non-commercially at no cost.   Why India? With ecosystems ranging from the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans to the rainforests of the Western Ghats to the alpine habitats of the Himalayas, India is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. Yet the country, which is soon to be the world’s most populous, suffers from many environmental problems. Still there are reasons for optimism: local entrepreneurs, researchers, civil society groups, governments, and others are devising ingenious solutions to many of these issues, providing inspiring models that could be adopted more widely provided they were better known. Mongabay-India will report on the country’s environmental challenges by highlighting threats to ecosystems and wildlife, identifying opportunities for progress, and showcasing successful models for resource management and conservation which could be embraced both within India and outside its borders. Beyond our core team, we expect to work with journalists across India, bringing local and region issues to a global audience. I believe Mongabay is well placed to make this new program a success. Between Mongabay-Indonesia (established 2012) and Mongabay-Latam (2016), we have a demonstrated track record in...

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New Reporting Opportunity: Global Agroforestry
Aug04

New Reporting Opportunity: Global Agroforestry

Mongabay is excited to announce a new reporting opportunity: Global Agroforestry The world faces a multitude of challenges, yet some of the toughest ones–from climate change to hunger, food security, water shortages, soil degradation, and loss of biodiversity–could be solved in part by agroforestry. Many agronomists, sustainable farming experts, and scientists argue that this traditional system of agriculture, which often combines tall woody perennials like trees and shrubs with annual crops, ought to be implemented more widely, since it produces food, fuel, fodder, and fiber while drawing carbon out of the atmosphere, while also providing habitat for animals and plants, and building local water tables and soil profiles. Mongabay.com therefore seeks story pitches for this series that will foster a better understanding of the scale, scope, and impact of agroforestry systems from the local to global levels, with a special emphasis on indigenous peoples’ implementation of it and a geographical interest in (though not limited to) Melanesia (Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea), the African Rift Valley (Kenya and Ethiopian Highlands), Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), northern Australia, and northwestern Mexico. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to apply....

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Mongabay Hiring for Three Positions
Aug03

Mongabay Hiring for Three Positions

At the heart of Mongabay is a spirit of innovation. We’re open to trying new ideas, adapting existing models, and phasing out underperforming projects in our quest to deliver the best products and services given our resources. We are excited to announce three new positions. The Program Director will work closely with the Mongabay’s CEO, Operations Manager, and Development Director to manage Mongabay’s rapidly growing team and execute on the organization’s mission to inspire, educate, and inform the public on conservation and environmental issues. Program Director Mongabay-India Mongabay is planning to establish a news bureau in India to do original reporting on conservation and environmental issues in the country. Content will be distributed via Mongabay, its social media channels, and third party outlets, including local newspapers and online media. Initially Mongabay will produce articles in English, but in time we expect to expand to other languages spoken widely in India. We are recruiting a team to develop Mongabay-India, including a Managing Editor to oversee the initiative and a Staff Writer to produce original daily content across India. Mongabay India Managing Editor Mongabay India Staff Writer Click on the job positions to learn more about the opportunity, position requirements, and how to...

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New Reporting Opportunity: Asia’s Oceans
Aug01

New Reporting Opportunity: Asia’s Oceans

Mongabay is excited to announce a new reporting opportunity: Asia’s Oceans. Pollution, rising CO2 levels, noise, and coastal and military development. The oceans are under threat from many sources — and nowhere more so than the waters of Asia. With this reporting initiative Mongabay will investigate lesser-known issues facing the eastern Indian and western Pacific oceans, zeroing in on Asian ecosystems and organisms that tend to be overlooked. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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