In Vaupés, in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous people are clinging to their beliefs to protect themselves from mining. A mining licence for coltan has three communities on the edge: leaders are threatened and their right to prior consultation has not been respected.
The Rainforest Journalism Fund aims to support and build capacity of local, regional, and international journalists reporting on issues related to tropical rainforests. One of the three rainforest regions of focus is the Amazon Basin, spanning across the continent of South America. The Amazon RJF advisory committee is composed of leaders in journalism on issues relating to tropical rainforests. Founding members of this committee were the first to envision a fund to support rainforest journalism in the Amazon in a way that is informed by regional perspectives and deep understanding of the context. This vision served as inspiration for the further elaboration of the Rainforest Journalism Fund.
Members of the Amazon RJF advisory committee review and provide independent guidance for proposals for local and regional reporting projects focusing on tropical rainforests in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The committee also helps to develop annual convenings for journalists reporting from and on the Amazon Basin. Current members of the Amazon RJF Advisory Committee are:
- Eliane Brum - Journalist & Author
- Daniela Chiaretti - Environment Correspondent, Valor Econômico
- Thomas Fischermann - Editor, Die ZEIT
- Camilo Jiménez Santofimio - Director, ARCADIA
- Nelly Luna Amancio - Founder & Editor, Ojo Público
- Simon Romero - Correspondent, The New York Times
- Jonathan Watts - Global Environment Editor, The Guardian
To learn about the first annual RJF convening in the Amazon region, please visit our update. Eliane Brum’s speech, “Why the Amazon is the Center of the World” is available in here in Portuguese and English.
To contact Verónica Goyzueta, the Amazon Regional Coordinator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Nora Moraga-Lewy, the RJF Coordinator, please email email@example.com.