EJN is offering reporting grants to produce investigative stories that dig deep into the illegal wildlife trade and environmental crime in East Africa and beyond. Wildlife crime is considered one the largest direct threats to the future of many of the world’s most threatened species, exploiting local communities, destroying fragile ecosystems and putting national and international security at risk. According to the United Nations’, the global illegal wildlife trade, excluding fishing and logging, is valued at up to $23 billion every year.
East Africa is one of the world’s wildlife crime hotspots. The region’s international transport links make it an ideal poaching ground and a key transit route for international wildlife trafficking.
Media exposés of the illegal wildlife trade and other environmental crime are crucial to help inform the public about the risks they pose to biodiversity and conservation. Such attention can also lead to more stringent legal action and the adoption of stricter laws and protections.
EJN is looking to support 10 journalists based in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania with stipends of up to $2,000 each to support in-depth stories on illegal wildlife trade and other environmental crimes.