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EJN Biodiversity Story Grants 2024

EJN Biodiversity Story Grants 2024

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EJN Biodiversity Story Grants 2024

Biodiversity Story Grants 2024 from EJN support in-depth stories revealing new threats or conservation solutions to global biodiversity.

The worsening biodiversity crisis poses a monumental threat to our planet’s welfare and thus to all of humanity. Yet, the main culprit driving this climate emergency is human activity — practices such as poaching, trafficking and deforestation are all undermining the health, stability and resilience of our planet’s ecosystems, on which we all depend.  Journalists have an important role to play in alerting the public to the magnitude of this crisis, as well as engaging them in discussions, debates and actions around the nature-based solutions that might help curb biodiversity loss.

With the upcoming United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP16) taking place in Colombia from 21 October 21 to 1 November this year, the media is also crucial to monitoring the progress of countries’ conservation targets and commitments to the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and ensuring home audiences have access to relevant, timely and localized global stories.

To help journalists raise awareness and accountability of citizens, policymakers and corporations in tackling the biodiversity crisis, EJN is offering story grants to produce engaging, timely and impactful stories through its Biodiversity Media Initiative, which is now entering its third phase of operation since its inception in 2016.

Story Theme

For this grant opportunity, we are interested in pitches for ambitious stories that make use of innovative multimedia, collaborative, cross-border or investigative approaches to deepen coverage of biodiversity or conservation topics. Proposals that utilize data journalism and geojournalism are also encouraged.

This year, themes we are interested in supporting include (but are not limited to):

  • Under-reported stories of trade and trafficking of endangered flora and fauna and its impacts

  • New or little-known threats to species diversity, e.g. cryptocurrency mining, seabed mining

  • New methods to track environmental crimes such as illegal mining and logging, and other drivers of biodiversity loss

  • Innovative, potentially scalable conservation solutions led by communities, governments or corporations

  • Efforts to boost “green” and “blue” economies to enable development that conserves rather than exploits the environment

  • New or proposed policies which could be either harmful or beneficial to biodiversity

  • Biodiversity and conservation in urban areas

  • Mechanisms for financing biodiversity conservation such as biodiversity credits

  • Benefit-sharing from digital sequence information and its possibilities and risks

Special consideration will be given to applicants looking at monitoring and evaluating the commitments and progress from the Global Biodiversity Framework in the leadup to the Convention on Biological Diversity COP taking place in October 2024 in Colombia.

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  • Award amounts are expected to be in the range of 1,000-2,000 EUR with investigative or other types of in-depth reporting more likely to be approved for higher amounts (up to 5,000 EUR).

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Eligibility for Biodiversity Story Grants 2024

  • They are only accepting applications for stories focused on the countries listed here, though journalists from any country can apply.
  • They would like to hear from applicants based in countries in which we have not offered grants to previously. We encourage applications in particular from West Africa Central America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, and specifically from the following countries: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Applications are open to journalists (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with experience in investigative reporting and covering environmental issues.
  • They are seeking to support both early-career and senior journalists with many years of reporting experience. We encourage applications from freelancers and staff from all types of media organizations—international, national, local and community-based.
  • They’ll accept both individual and group applications, but for the latter we ask that the application is made in the name of one lead applicant who will receive the grant on the group’s behalf, if awarded.
  • EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct, including, but not limited to, plagiarism and/or submitting AI-generated content as their own.

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Judging criteria of Biodiversity Story Grants 2024

Applicants should consider the following points when devising their story proposals.

  • Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives of the call? Why does this story matter and to whom? Is the main idea, context and overall value to the target audience clearly defined?

  • Angle: If the story has been covered by mainstream media, does your proposal bring new insights into the topic or offer a fresh angle?

  • Impact: Does the proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will inform and engage, draw attention, trigger debate and urge action?

  • Innovative storytelling: The use of creative approaches, multimedia and data visualization will be considered a plus.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline05 May,2024
OrganizerEarth journalism Network
Contact the organizer[email protected]. 



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