Human impact on the world’s forests is considerable and extensive. Many activities contribute to this loss, such as energy extraction, logging, mining, fires, war, agriculture, and infrastructure expansion – to name a few. According to the World Resources Institute, 30 percent of global forest cover has been cleared, while another 20 percent has been degraded. Research indicates that the forest that remains has been fragmented to a point where only around 15 percent is intact enough to retain its original levels of biodiversity.
Forest management policies set by governments are often influenced by the private sector, including industry and the general public. Increasing awareness of ecosystem importance and the repercussions of land use change is critical to the informed discourse that grows into effective policy. The Mongabay Reporting Network: Global Forests program serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and share knowledge through high-quality journalism.
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We welcome story proposals on forest issues in or directly related to the following countries: Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Liberia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Focal topics include the rights and interests of forest-dependent populations, deforestation-free commodity supply chains and green growth, and issues surrounding transparency, governance and legality, and REDD+.
Opinion pieces will not be considered.
Mongabay will negotiate all fees and contracts on a per-story basis. Completed stories will be paid per word, depending on the journalist’s experience, and will be published on Mongabay.com under an open Creative Commons license that allows for sharing and re-posting. We will also offer a small payment to journalists who proactively get their stories republished in major third-party print media outlets and on sites that draw more than 100,000 unique visitors per month. Small sums are available to help defray travel costs.
All applications must be submitted in English, and all final reporting will be published first in English. However, Spanish-language journalists are encouraged to sign up our opportunities email list (if you haven’t already) and be on the lookout for a similar announcement regarding Spanish-language articles in the coming months.
Please submit your Global Forests pitch here, along with your journalism resume. Pitches should be no more than 500 words in length. They should clearly explain the specific subject you would like to write about and your approach to covering it, a few potential sources, and any travel funding needs. Travel funds are very limited. As this is an ongoing pitch solicitation, there is no deadline for submissions.
For any questions, please send an email to Genvieve at [email protected]