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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 RJF will support nearly 200 original reporting projects over five years, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues like deforestation and climate change–leading to stories that make a difference. The RJF will 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.

Regional and Local Reporting

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 RJF's three focus regions and Advisory Committees and view the regional reporting projects supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund, please visit the following pages:

International Reporting

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.

 

Feeling the Heat

There is concern that a number of articles in the job creation bill may weaken environmental law enforcement. The bill poses a new threat to forests and peatlands.

Peatland Fires Are 'Patterned and Massive'

The next two months will be crucial for Nazir Foead and his team at Indonesia's Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). Peatlands have been vulnerable to fires during this time of year, and BRG has been the target of criticism.

Companies Behind Forest Fires

Land and forest fires ravaged Indonesia in 2019. Satellite imagery and field checking suggest that companies were at fault. Poor law enforcement and lax regulations may trigger similar disasters in the future.

The Untouchables

Companies responsible for forest fires in Indonesia are not being served equal punishment. Civil suits are difficult to execute, while criminal suits do not seem to be moving forward.

Bamboo-Powered Plants Gone Offline

Power plants in three Indonesian villages stopped operating less than a year after being officially opened. As a result, hundreds of families spend their nights without electricity.

Mercury: Chasing the Quicksilver

Five hundred years after Spanish conquistadors arrived, gold is still a driving economic force in South America's Guiana Shield. But the industry depends on another element, one with deadly side effects for miners and rainforests: mercury.

Double Exposure

For centuries, the Quilombola people, descendants of escaped African slaves, have survived against insurmountable odds in the Amazon rainforest. Now industrial pollution and a pandemic are threatening their existence.

The Toxic Metal in the Shadow of the Gold Industry

Two commodities that are frequently taken over illegally are gold and mercury, and in the Guiana Shield region, one does not go without the other. Mercury has grave impacts on human health and the environment, but efforts so far to curtail its use in the gold industry have only pushed supply chains underground. 

Death of the Pollinators

This year the Brazilian government has authorized the use of 325 pesticides. In Lucas do Rio Verde in the Amazon state of Mato Grosso, the terrible effects of one of these pesticides, Paraquat, was accidentally sprayed over the population back in 2006, can still be seen. It resulted in high cancer rates and the extinction of bees. Will it happen again?

Amazon on Fire

By land and air, a photo essay that shows fire in the heart of the Amazon.

Bolsonaro's Plan for the Brazilian Amazon

Bolsonaro plans to build a road and a hydroelectric dam in Calha Norte do Pará, the most preserved area of the Brazilian Amazon, the largest corridor of tropical forest in the world.

Women of the Forest Unite to Protect the Amazon

It is the women who maintain indigenous culture and now they are also uniting to protect their lands. Together they resist and demand "Demarcation Now."

The Chiman Forest in Bolivia

With a sign that reads "Chimán, Mojeño, Yuracaré and Movima Indigenous Territory," the eviction of loggers from the Bolivian Chimán Forest has finally begun.