Mongabay’s performance during Q1 2018
Apr30

Mongabay’s performance during Q1 2018

The first quarter of 2018 was a strong one for Mongabay. Traffic to our four main news sections — Global English, Indonesia, Latam (Spanish), and India — grew 26 percent versus Q1-2017, with a net increase of 567,000 users and 1.73 million pageviews. The biggest new development during the quarter was the official launch of Mongabay-India in mid-January. Mongabay-India’s readership and social media following grew rapidly since its inception — a trend we expect to continue as the team grows from two to six staff in the next few months. 2017 trends Traffic to Mongabay hit a new record in 2017. We had more than 24 million visitors and nearly 56 million pageviews during the year. Indonesia attracted the most traffic of our news sections, followed by English and then Spanish. Mongabay published more than 4,000 articles across nine languages. Indonesia led the way with 1,830 stories, followed by our global English section with 1,268, and Spanish with 648. The shift toward mobile devices continued through 2017, with more than 70 percent of users visiting Mongabay on cell phones. Mobile users primarily access Mongabay via the mobile version of our web site and Facebook Instant Articles. Mongabay plans to release a mobile app in the second quarter of 2018. Facebook was our largest source of traffic in 2017 with 13 million user...

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Saving jaguars in the Chaco (event recap)
Apr22

Saving jaguars in the Chaco (event recap)

Earlier this month Mongabay held a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) event at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. The event featured Anthony Giordano of S.P.E.C.I.E.S and the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project, who spoke about his efforts to conserve jaguars and their habitat in the Chaco ecosystem of Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. Giordano told the audience about the natural history of the jaguar, which is the third largest cat species in the world (and the most powerful of the big cats pound for pound) and once ranged from California to Patagonia. He explained that jaguars today face three major threats: loss of habitat, conflict with ranchers and farmers, and declining availability of prey. As a consequence, jaguars have gone functionally extinct in the United States, El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, while suffering heavy losses across many other range countries. Jaguars now occupy less than half their early 1990s range. Giordano also spoke about the Chaco, which is the second largest biome after the Amazon in South America, with an original expanse topping a million square miles. While the Chaco is often characterized as a dry forest ecosystem, it is actually one of the world’s most diversified biomes, with habitats ranging from flooded swamps to savannas to humid forests. This variance supports a richness of species, including all three species of peccary. But like the jaguar, the Chaco is also under threat, primarily from cattle ranching and soy farms. Losses have been substantial in Argentina and Paraguay, which have some of the highest deforestation rates in the world since 2000. Given these dire trends, Giordano has launched a series of initiatives to study and protect the Chaco in Paraguay, including the first scientific survey of jaguar across the country, supporting the development of a national jaguar conservation plan, and leading workshops to to address human-jaguar conflict. Giordano says that jaguar conservation can support broader efforts to conserve the Chaco ecosystem by building good relationships with landowners and creating positive incentives for maintaining wildlife populations and encouraging habitat restoration. Mongabay’s next BATFN takes place in Palo Alto in May. More details to...

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Mongabay’s origin story covered in Silicon Valley newspaper
Nov11

Mongabay’s origin story covered in Silicon Valley newspaper

The Country Almanac, the weekly paper that services the Silicon Valley communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, and Woodside, did a cover story this week on Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler, who grew up in the area. The article, titled Informing the World: How a curious kid from Atherton started and grew a global environmental news site and written by Barbara Wood, talks about the experiences that inspired Butler to found the web site as a 21-year-old, including visits to Ecuador and Borneo. It goes on to chronicle the expansion of the web site from a one-person operation to a multi-national non-profit enterprise that publishes stories in English, Spanish, and Indonesian....

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Conservation Effectiveness Live! – Mongabay event in Palo Alto Nov 13
Nov06

Conservation Effectiveness Live! – Mongabay event in Palo Alto Nov 13

Two months ago Mongabay launched “Conservation Effectiveness”, a multi-part series investigating the effectiveness of some of the most popular strategies and interventions to conserve ecosystems and wildlife around the world. The series is the result of a collaboration between Mongabay staff reporters Shreya Dasgupta and Mike Gaworecki, and a team of conservation scientists led by tropical forest ecologist Zuzana Burivalova of Princeton University. We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Burivalova will be presenting some of the findings, along with the methodology behind “Conservation Effectiveness”, at a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network event in Palo Alto on November 13: What works – and doesn’t work – in conservation? Guests will also be able to view Tony Foster’s landscape watercolors presented at The Foster gallery. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to everyone who RSVPs. We plan to record the event for those who cannot make it. December 2017 update: video from the...

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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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