UN Foundation Thomas Lovejoy Memorial Press Fellowship – A journalism fellowship sponsored by the United Nations Foundation will send a group of journalists deep into the Amazon to investigate issues related to biodiversity, deforestation, and sustainable development. The journey will take place the week of October 17, 2022, just three weeks before COP27 and two months before the Biodiversity COP in December, against the backdrop of a national election to choose Brazil’s next president.
The Fellowship bears the name of Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a famous ecologist and Senior Fellow for the UN Foundation who coined the word “biodiversity” and died in 2007. Ten journalists will fly to Manaus, Brazil, and then spend three days at Camp 41, a remote research facility in the Amazon, where they will have the chance to:
One of the five remaining megaforests on the earth is the Amazon rainforest. It is essential to maintain biodiversity, indigenous culture, and a stable global climate by protecting and preserving this natural resource. One-third of the planet’s surviving rainforests, including most of the Amazon, are found in Brazil. It is therefore the most biodiverse nation on the earth, home to some 56,000 plant species, 1,700 bird species, 695 amphibians, 578 mammals, and 651 reptiles.
However, in April, deforestation in Brazil reached a new high, sparking increased calls for the protection of this distinctive environment from scientists, campaigners, and indigenous people alike. A catastrophic tipping point could be reached if the Amazon’s pristine rainforest is destroyed, releasing enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
About the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragment Project (BDFFP)
The Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragment Project (BDFFP), established by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy in 1979, serves as a research facility for scientists, a college for students, and a platform for advocacy of the need to protect the world’s largest rainforest. In order to continue this crucial effort, he established a sibling organization in 2018 called the Amazon Biodiversity Center. The 620 square mile protected reserve north of Manaus, Brazil, contains forest fragments and neighboring continuous regions that serve as the project’s research locations. Seven work camps are present, each with its own amenities for field study on biological variety and the effects of forest fragmentation. On the access road to the reserve, at the 41st kilometer, is where Camp 41, its most well-known field camp, is situated.
About Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
Dr. Lovejoy was a respected member of the UN Foundation where, originally as an advisor to the Foundation’s founding president, former U.S. Senator Tim Wirth, and then as a Senior Fellow, he provided leaders with guidance on biodiversity and environmental research. The problem of tropical deforestation and biodiversity loss is often credited with being elevated to the top of the international agenda by him. He published the first analysis of the rates of extinction on a worldwide scale in 1980, accurately foreseeing the current, massive loss of species.
Throughout his career as one of the world’s leading ecologists, Dr. Thomas Lovejoy recognized the impact of seeing one of our most precious resources in person and welcomed dozens of visitors to Camp 41, once explaining: “There is no better classroom than
About The UN Foundation
The UN Foundation is an independent charitable organization created to work closely with the United Nations to address humanity’s greatest challenges, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and drive global progress.
Eligibility & Application Requirements
This press fellowship is intended for journalists interested in covering climate change, sustainable development, biological science, and environmental issues, including biodiversity, deforestation, agriculture, nature-based climate solutions, and land use.
Journalists from all countries are welcome to apply. Participating journalists will be expected to publish between two to four stories on the topics covered within six months of the fellowship’s conclusion.
Participants’ roundtrip airfare, visa fees, accommodations, and local travel in Brazil will be covered, along with most meals. Other expenses incurred during the trip may be eligible for reimbursement. Funding for this press fellowship was made possible by a grant from the McGovern Foundation.
The application deadline is 11:59PM EST on Friday, August 5, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. For more information, please contact Megan Rabbitt ([email protected]) or MJ Altman ([email protected]).