Send Mongabay your pitches on Indigenous peoples and local communities

Indigenous Quechua woman in Ecuador. Image courtesy of Latoya Abulu.


Indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ (IPLCs) stewardship and knowledge of natural resources is increasingly being recognized as a critical priority in efforts to combat climate change, protect biodiversity, and maintain the ecosystems that sustain the planet. Yet these communities continue to face grave threats when it comes to protecting their lands.

For that reason, we have launched a paid reporting project for anyone interested in covering the topic.

Our interests

Mongabay is seeking stories that bring to light Indigenous and local community-led conservation projects and other environmental issues that affect or are relevant to Indigenous and local communities and cultures around the world.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous and locally-led projects to restore their communities, cultural heritage, languages and livelihoods with the positive impacts these have on biodiversity conservation or climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • Cooperation with IPLCs or adoption of Indigenous traditional knowledge and practices by scientific bodies, surrounding communities, NGOs, etc.
  • Profiles of Indigenous and local leaders, activists and policymakers making significant contributions to biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

For a full list of topics and to send us your ideas, follow this link.

Submitting your pitch

Mongabay is excited to offer paid opportunities for journalists to report on IPLCs around the world.

We welcome proposals from experienced journalists for conventional news stories, in-depth features, investigative reports, profiles, and case studies in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

For a full description and details about how to submit your pitch, please click here.