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Rainforest Journalism Fund

The Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF), launched in September 2018, represents a major investment in international environmental and climate reporting. Through the Pulitzer Center, the Rainforest Journalism Fund plans to support nearly 200 original reporting projects over the five years’ existence of the Fund, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues such as deforestation and climate change and produce stories that make an impact. The RJF is intended to support and build capacity for local and regional reporters based in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia, as well as international reporters working in those regions. The RJF is supported by the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). For more information about the RJF, please see our announcement and update.

To apply for a Rainforest Journalism Fund reporting grant, please visit the RJF Grants page.

Applications for regional projects are independently reviewed by Advisory Committees, composed of experienced journalists, and are expected to propose projects related to tropical rainforests in each region. 

To learn more about each region and the Advisory Committees, please visit the following pages:

  • Amazon RJF
  • Congo Basin RJF (Coming Soon!)
  • Southeast Asia RJF (Coming Soon!)

For more information about international RJF projects, please visit the International RJF page.

To see the stories and projects supported by the RJF and also by the Rockefeller Foundation, Omidyar Network, MacArthur Foundation, and individual donors, please see the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforests Issue Page.

Drica: Resistance in the Quilombos of the Trombetas River

A young Brazilian activist is responsible for an association of six afro-Brazilian communities that face the threat of environmental destruction. Her story is the third in the "Rainforest Defenders" series, presenting five young leaders fighting to preserve the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

A Life Fighting Against Hydroelectricity

Indigenous people from the south of the Brazilian rainforest have mobilized to prevent 138 hydroelectricity plants from invading the Juruena river basin.

Juruena Resists: A Historic Battle for a River (Portuguese)

Jair Bolsonaro's government's policies threaten Indigenous communities in the Juruena Basin region of Mato Grosso, Brazil. For over three decades, communities have been struggling to bar the construction of large hydroelectric dams, which affect their territories and ways of life.

A Life Against Dams (Spanish)

Indigenous peoples and ribereños in the southern Brazilian Amazon are mobilizing to prevent the invasion of more than 138 hydroelectric structures in the Juruena River watershed that would exacerbate deforestation metrics throughout the region.

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?