Green Echoes #15

Key investigative stories, data sources, funding/training opportunities and our projects from across Asia.

Dear friends and supporters,

Welcome to Green Echoes, a newsletter from the Environmental Reporting Collective that highlights key investigative stories, data sources, funding, reporting and training opportunities and our projects from across Asia.

Some of you may have noticed it has been a little while since the last issue. We’ve had some exciting changes here, and had to put the newsletter on hold during a short transition period. We’re back, though, and will be sending issues twice a month. Do keep an eye out for some updates about our latest reporting project soon, too!

The best reporting from across Asia

Keith Anthony Fabro reports for Mongabay on efforts to protect the Philippine pangolin, one of the most trafficked animals on earth, on his home island of Palawan, including plans aimed at boosting their protection.

In Cambodia, the government is moving forward on plans for a massive $2 billion USD land reclamation project in the Mekong. Andrew Haffner reports for Southeast Asia Globe on how environmentalists are concerned that pollution, flood risk could rise, and the region’s rich fisheries could be threatened by the mega-project, which has received little scrutiny domestically. 

In this investigation published by Oxpeckers,  Sadiq Naqvi digs into how rhino poachers are smuggling horns with the aid of insurgent groups from India, via Myanmar, to China. Do read it, it’s a deeply reported, engaging piece.

Indonesia’s award winning journalistic outlet Tempo along with Mongabay Indonesia, Betahita, Malaysiakini, and Auriga Nusantara published the results of a deeply reported investigation into the companies on whose land fires burned in 2019. See all the stories, and videos, here.

Data, Resources and Training

IJNet has put together a resource for those of you looking to cover wildlife trafficking, with links to reports, data sources, and story ideas. 

For those of you who want to build your creative skills, Abode has made its yearly Max - The Creativity Conference - totally free (Oct 20-22).

Want to improve your investigative data skills? Dataharvest Digital, a European investigative journalism conference, is all-digital this year. They have several great sessions on satellite data, financial investigations, and mapping, in the coming weeks (Oct 7 to Nov 26), with discounts for freelancers and students.

On Oct 15, the Craig Newmark School of Journalism is hosting a Zoom webinar entitled “Covering Climate Change: Connecting the Dots”.

For you science journalists - check out this new mailing list, Science Writing News Roundup, which gathers resources, grants, and opportunities weekly.

That’s all for this week. Anything we missed or that you’d like to see here? Want to pitch us a story? Please respond and let me know.

Stay safe and healthy,

Nithin Coca

PS. Remember The Pangolin Reports, the project which got us started? We were honored to win an award for that groundbreaking collaborative last month.


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