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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Climate Tracker Scholarships 2025 to cover the COP16 Biodiversity


Applications are now open for Journalists residing in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru to apply for scholarships to cover the 16th United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP16), which is taking place will take place in Cali, Colombia, from October 21 to November 1, 2024.

 

Climate Tracker Scholarships Description

11 scholarships are available for journalists who want to be part of a training process in which they will learn about biodiversity, environmental journalism and climate change science. Among this group of selected people, there will be six open places to cover COP16 in person with all expenses paid and five to do it virtually, with financial remuneration.

This summit will take place at a fundamental moment for the planet. It is the first to be carried out after the approval of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework , which is the main tool to fight for the protection of biodiversity. Furthermore, according to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), we are experiencing the worst biodiversity crisis in history, with more than one million species facing extinction.

 

Scholarship benefits

Through this scholarship program, if you are selected, both for virtual and in-person coverage, over three months you will benefit from the following aspects:


  • Training: you will receive training on biodiversity issues, the functioning of climate summits and environmental journalism.

  • Editorial support: you will receive support at all times from the Climate Tracker team to achieve quality products.

  • Visibility: your articles will be published on Climate Tracker channels and disseminated through its Environmental Media Network, so that your work has greater impact.

  • Full Coverage: air tickets to Cali, Colombia; lodging and food during the days of the conference (for in-person awardees)

  • Training and mentoring process, and financial stimulus for for virtual coverage.

 

Program details


1). In-person coverage: travel to Cali to cover COP16 as a field correspondent

Six journalists will be selected to travel with to Cali, Colombia, to cover COP16 in person. Duties include:

  • Publish at least four journalistic contents: one before the COP, two during the conference and one after.

  • Participate in all training sessions on climate negotiations.

  • Provide updates and relevant procedural information to the team of online reporters who will also be covering COP16.


2). Virtual coverage: report on COP16 without leaving your country

Five journalists will be selected to cover COP 16 remotely from their countries of residence. This group will be part of the same training and mentoring process and will receive a financial stimulus for their coverage.

People selected for this modality must:


  • Publish at least three journalistic contents: one before the COP, one during the conference and one after.

  • Participate in all training sessions on climate negotiations.

  • Maintain permanent contact with the person doing the personalized mentoring.

 

Eligibility


• Open to journalists interested in covering COP16.

• They should be residing in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

 

Application procedure

Interested candidates must submit their applications online through the (online application portal).


Application Deadline: Sunday, June 23, 2024

 

LINK

For further info, visit the official website below:

 

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