Southeast Asia Biodiversity Media Bootcamp (SEAMB), August 2022 to January 2023

Countries in Southeast Asia like the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia are among the megadiverse countries in the world with large indices of biodiversity and high endemism rate. The Philippines alone contains two-thirds of the earth’s biodiversity and houses about 70% to 80% of the world’s plants and animal species (Convention on Biological Diversity). The list of biodiversity in the country keeps growing every year with new discoveries. The 2015 expedition of the California Academy of Sciences in the Verde Island Passage discovered more than 100 marine species new to science. Unfortunately, while the region is teeming with life in many forms, it is also among the world’s biodiversity hotspots with high rates of deforestation, marine plastic pollution, wildlife trade, and many other issues. Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia are also tagged as among the major contributors to marine plastic pollution destroying major habitats and endangering biodiversity.

The continuing decline of biodiversity in the region reflects the low appreciation and prioritization of biodiversity and its services among the government leaders, policymakers, and the general public. This is where the media can help turn the tides on biodiversity loss. Through their stories, they can shape public opinion and rally people to support environmental conservation initiatives.

With this funding support from the Earth Journalism Network, we will be able to enhance the biodiversity media reporting capacities of at least 30 journalists, impact communicators, and mass communication students in Southeast Asia. We intend to equip them with knowledge, skills, and tools for more effective biodiversity reporting.

  • Understanding Biodiversity
    • Module 1: Biodiversity terms & Biodiversity Conventions, Dr. Jonathan Anticamara (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
    • Module 2: Envi issues in SEA & ZW contribution to biodiversity. , Dr. Jonathan Anticamara (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
  • Communicating Biodiversity
    • Module 3: Biodiversity Reporting: lead journalist mentors, Dr. Paz Diaz (Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication), Cao Thi Ly Ly (Viet Nam News), Wahyu Dhytamika (Tempo Digital)
    • Module 4: Biodiversity Reporting: Persuasion & moving the audience to act, Dyna Rochmyaningsih (Society of Indonesian Science Journalists), Dewi Safitri (CNN Indonesia)
  • Champioining Biodiversity
    • Module 5: Waste pickers as biodiversity champions
    • Module 6: Zero Waste Communities as vanguards of Biodiversity
Dara Voun
Phnom Penh Post
Tran Thi Kim Tuyen
Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance
Trang Hong Vu
Freelancer, Stepforward Education, Asia Democracy Chronicles
Ramadhan Wibisono, S.Sos.
Baiq Nabila Tazkya
Nexus3 Foundation
Nirra Swastika
Universitas Dinamika (STIKOM Surabaya)
Mai Linh
Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga
Center for Adaptive Capacity Building
Bui Thanh Huyen
VNU, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Climate Change
Xibei Zhang
The Globus, Caixin Media
Hoang Thi Phuong Uyen
University of Foreign Languages - Hue University
Mohamad Farhan bin Mohd Nasarudin
Malaysia Stop Waste Trade Coalition, under Sahabat Alam Malaysia
Gerry Lirio
Ruel Kenneth Felices
Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability - Davao
Arnolfo B. Loveria
Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Makati City Local Government Unit
Gafur Abdullah (ak-Abd Gafur)
Mongabay Indonesia
Muhammad Kholid Basyaiban, S.H
ECOTON Foundation
Gerimara Vinaya S. Manuel
Living Laudato Si' Philippines / OeconoMedia / University of the Philippines - Diliman
Denise Cadorniga
Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines
Ryan Spencer P. Secadron
Visayas State University
Ted Aldwin Ong
People's Domain
Malissa Agnes W. Strauch
Reboot Philippines
Samantha Trance
San Sebastian College
Christ Belseran
Mongabay Indonesia
Rafika Aprilianti
ECOTON Foundation
Ni Putu Rachel Anggraini
Phoenix Radio Bali
Mohammad Alaika Rahmatullah, S.Si
ECOTON Foundation
Syifa Silfiani
Postgraduate Program UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung
Purple Chrystyl Romero
Punyathorn Jeungsmarn
Ecological Alert and Recovery (EARTH) - Thailand
Dr. Jonathan Anticamara
Dr Anticamara is a Professor 2 at University of the Philippines-Diliman since 2010. He is also the Deputy Director of Research and Extension, Lead Author of UN-IPBES, Curator at UP Biology Invertebrate Museum, Review Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science (Journal), and an Editorial Board of the Journal of Biodiversity and Biotechnology. His expertise include coral reef/marine biodiversity conservation and research, particularly, in establishment, monitoring, and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). He has diverse conservation/research experience on Reef Ecology/Conservation, Global Fishing Effort and Impacts, Fisheries and Food Security, and Superabundant Species (Native and Invasive Species) and he has extensive experience in conducting national-scale coral reef assessments, stakeholder information/education and workshops.
Dr. Paz Diaz
Dr. Paz H Diaz currently serves as communications consultant, researcher, trainer, case writer, and training materials developer for local and international agencies and for government agencies as well. She is an expert and a trainer on communication theory and research on communication planning as well as entrepreneurship development, especially for NGOs. Dr. Diaz is currently Vice President for Academics at the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication.
Cao Thi Ly Ly
Ly Ly Cao is a reporter at Việt Nam News and is covering economic stories, including circular and green economy topics, for website and newspaper publication. She joined Việt Nam News early 2020 and worked in the multimedia department before moving to the business news desk. During one year in the multimedia department, she received two awards for videos, reports and articles covering the COVID-19 situation in Việt Nam at the National External Information Awards, organised by the Steering Committee on External Information, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Publicity and Information and Vietnam Television. Before working at Việt Nam News, Ly Ly spent three years at an online newspaper, covering business and commodity news.
Dyna Rochmyaningsih
Dyna Rochmyaningsih is a freelance journalist whose works have appeared in Science Magazine, Nature, and BBC Future. From her home in North Sumatra, she has written stories on health, environment, technology, and science policy in Indonesia. Dyna got her B.Sc in biology from Bogor Agricultural University and is an alumnus of SjCOOP Asia, a science journalism program organized by the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ). She is currently the Executive Director of the Society of Indonesian Science Journalists (SISJ).
Dewi Safitri
Dewi Safitri serves as the Standards and Practices Specialist for CNN Indonesia. But her pet interest in science journalism often brought her to write science commentaries, long forms, and columns. She also co-found The Malay Archipelago, a highly curated publication to highlight Indonesia’s natural and biodiversity stories from science point of view. Dewi is currently sitting as the Secretary General for Society of Indonesian Science Journalists (SISJ) that aspires to bring science closer to the public.
Wahyu Dhytamika
Wahyu is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Tempo digital. He is responsible for planning and guiding Tempo’s digital transformation, as well as leading the business of PT Info Media Digital, a subsidiary of Tempo Media Group. He was the editor-in-chief of Tempo Magazine, Indonesia, in 2019-2021. In 2015, he led the Panama Papers reporting in Indonesia, the collaborative cross-border investigative project initiated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Wahyu is a board member of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, advisory board of Environmental Reporting Collective (ERC) and member of advisory committee for the Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund at the Pulitzer Center.