Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Solutions in East Africa
InfoNile invites journalists in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan to submit proposals for in-depth investigative multimedia journalism stories on wildlife trafficking and conservation. These stories are part of a series of stories and will feed into a final data journalism project including interactive maps and stories.
While national parks and private conservancies in East Africa have served to protect large numbers of threatened species, the population of these species continues to decrease precipitously. Wildlife habitat decline, wildlife trafficking and poaching are major threats to the region’s wildlife and to local people who depend on wildlife and natural ecosystems for their livelihoods. The international wildlife trade, the bushmeat trade and human encroachment on wildlife habitats is also linked to the rise of new diseases: The COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world is said to have originated from wildlife sales in a Chinese market, and the deadly SARS, MERS and HIV/AIDS viruses are all linked to human-animal contact.
Governments and conservationists are struggling to develop approaches to protect East Africa’s spectacular natural heritage and reduce the potential for new health threats due to wildlife trade and habitat destruction.
But there are many local solutions. For instance, in Uganda, the African Crane Conservation Project is using information technology to monitor and conserve the Grey Crowned Cranes. In Kenya, WildlifeDirect spearheaded by Dr. Paula Kahumbu is creating a generation of wildlife warriors. Across the region, the creation of community conservancies such as Tanzania’s new Wildlife Management Areas has not only increased community participation in wildlife conservation, but also improved community livelihoods through providing benefits such as tourism profits, common markets for livestock, and access to life-giving water supplies.
Both the extent of the problem and these working initiatives are little-known, and thus effective solutions exist in silos.
We want you to:
- Uncover critical stories about wildlife habitat decline, wildlife trafficking and effective responses and solutions to these problems in East Africa.
- Relate the environmental and livelihoods impact to the public health impact.
- Communicate these stories through innovative digital multimedia storytelling formats including interactive maps and data visualizations.
- Connect the science, research and data to the reality of the wildlife trafficking and conservation efforts being made in your country.
How to Apply for the Grant:
Please submit the following not later than 15th April, 2020:
-A one page proposal outlining your story idea. Proposals should be clearly structured, stating briefly at the outset what the story idea is, followed by how and where the story will be researched, what it aims to reveal or contribute, where you will publish (specific media organizations), and the intended impact of the story. The proposal should also include a plan for incorporating data. Please note how you will use multimedia (video, photos, audio, and graphics along with text). You should also include:
-A moderate proposed budget of no more than $400
-Two samples of published/broadcast work. Links to the published stories are also accepted.
-Letter of support from your editor, stating that your media house/s will publish / telecast / broadcast your story.
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