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Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund

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:

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 Jan Rocha, the Amazon Regional Coordinator, please email amazon.rjf@pulitzercenter.org.

To contact Nora Moraga-Lewy, the RJF Coordinator, please email nmoragalewy@pulitzercenter.org

Learn more about the Rainforest Journalism Fund.

Joane: We Can End the Toxic Use and Burning of Plastics (Spanish)

This young Brazilian activist is fighting to change unsustainable practices in her community, asking that they stop littering and stop burning trash. This is the fourth story in the series "Rainforest Defenders," which presents five young leaders who are fighting to save the Amazon rainforest.

Bullet Ant Ritual: Indigenous Group Prepares to Reoccupy Land (Portuguese)

In February, a team of journalists traveled to the Amazon to spend time with the Sateré-Mawé, documenting their culture and their longstanding conflicts with mining companies and land thieves. Their series of reports examines the new threats posed to the Sateré and Indigenous groups throughout Brazil in the face of President Jair Bolsonaro's pro-ruralist policies.

Drica: Defending Territory for Future Generations Means Resistance (Spanish)

Drica is responsible for an association of six communities of African descendants facing the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Drica's story is the third in the series 'Rainforest Defenders,' which presents five young leaders in the fight to save forests.

Ednei: This Is Maró Indigenous Land

The communities of Brazil's Amazon face challenges due to aggressive agribusiness activities encouraged by the new Bolsonaro regime. This series features five young leaders who defend the forest and its territory. In this chapter: Ednei.

The Face of the Resistance (Spanish)

The leader of Sarayaku, a Kichwa town in Ecuador, has fought oil companies that want to break into their territory for more than twenty years. For her struggle, she has been tried, slandered, and threatened with death. Who is afraid of Patricia Gualinga?

A Life Against Hydroelectric (Spanish)

Indigenous and coastal communities of southern Brazilian Amazon are mobilizing to prevent the invasion of more than 138 hydroelectric plants in the Juruena River basin that would aggravate the deforestation rates of the region.

Bolsonaro Against the Maró Indigenous Land (Spanish)

The communities of the Brazil's Amazonian face challenges due to aggressive industrial activities, today encouraged by the new government. This series features five young leaders who defend the forest and its territory. In this first chapter: Ednei.