Central America & the Caribbean

In Panama, Legal Rights Given To Sea Turtles, Boosting 'Rights of Nature'

"On a Panamanian beach long after dark, a group of undergraduate students dug into the sand to excavate a sea turtle nest, their lamps casting a soft red glow as they studied eggs, inventoried the success of the hatch and checked for any surviving hatchlings stuck at the bottom of the nest. Nearby, armed members of the National Border Service stood watch for protection in an area known for drug trafficking."

Source: AP, 05/25/2023

"The Pink River Dolphins of the Amazon Have a Warning for Humans"

"It was a rare sight, an endangered species emblematic of the Colombian Amazon, considered sacred by the region’s Indigenous communities: the pink dolphins."

Source: Washington Post, 05/10/2023

"U.S. EPA Approves Hazardous Chemicals Removal From St. Croix Refinery"

"U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday conditionally approved plans for the owners of an idled refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands to remove chemicals that the watchdog argued present serious health consequences if accidentally released."

Source: Reuters, 02/10/2023
February 15, 2023

DEADLINE: Indigenous Community Media Fund

Cultural Survival's funding of $6,000-$12,000 provides opportunities for Indigenous community radio stations and media outlets to strengthen their broadcast infrastructure and systems while providing training opportunities to their community journalists. Apply by Feb 15, 2023.

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January 31, 2023

DEADLINE: Rest of World Photography Contest

Submit a single image made within the last three years showing how technology impacts you and your communities. Open to photographers of any skill level, living and working in the non-Western world. First-place winner receives $1,000; second-place $500; third-place $250. Deadline is Jan 31, 2023.

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February 2, 2023

Webinar: How To Cover Infrastructure

The first of Mongabay's 2023 webinars will feature expert panelists who have reported on, studied and worked on issues related to infrastructure development and its impacts on the environment and local communities. The webinar will focus on regions such as Southeast Asia and Latin America. 7pm ET.

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January 6, 2023

DEADLINE: EJN Scholarships for Journalists To Cover 2023 Biodiversity Conferences

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) invites professional environmental journalists from low- or middle-income countries to apply for travel grants of up to $2,500 to attend and report from conferences and global summits related to biodiversity issues that are taking place in 2023. Deadline: Jan 6, 2023.

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September 19, 2023 to September 22, 2023

Global Investigative Journalism Conference and Fellowships Deadline

The 2023 conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, Sep 19-22, with more than 150 expenses-paid fellowships available to both established and promising journalists in developing and transitioning countries, and for journalists from disenfranchised communities, to participate in-person.

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COP 27 Egypt — From Afar, How UN Meeting Will Affect Climate Change Reporting

How will the UN’s yearly climate treaty talks in Egypt next month touch domestic U.S. reporting? The latest Backgrounder has an outlook, with close attention to the question of compensation for nations suffering the worst impacts of global warming, plus the politics of war and energy, methane and HFCs. The prospects for action in and after Egypt.

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