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 government leaders, policymakers, and the general public. This is where the media can help turn the tide on biodiversity loss. Through their stories, they can shape public opinion and rally people to support environmental conservation initiatives.

This bootcamp was 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
Baiq Nabila Tazkya Nexus3 Foundation
Nirra Swastika Universitas Dinamika (STIKOM Surabaya)
Mai Linh CafeF
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 Freelance
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
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 Freelance
Punyathorn Jeungsmarn Ecological Alert and Recovery (EARTH) - Thailand
Dr. Jonathan Anticamara Professor 2, University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman
Dr. Paz Diaz Vice President for Academics, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication
Edel Garingan
Sonia Astudillo Senior Communications Officer, GAIA Asia Pacific
Cao LyLy Journalist, Việt Nam News
Wahyu Dhyatmika Chief Executive Officer, Tempo Digital
Dyna Rochmyaningsih Executive Director, Society of Indonesian Science Journalists
Dewi Safitri Standards and Practices Specialist, CNN Indonesia

Trang Hong Vu, Stepforward Education/Asia Democracy Chronicles

The Waste Warriors

Ramadhan Wibisono (Indiosar), Baiq Nabila Tazkya (Nexus3 Foundation), Nirra Swastika (Universitas Dinamika, STIKOM Surabaya)

Preserve the Environment, No Burning Waste! 

Gafur Abdullah (ak-Abd Gafur), Mongabay Indonesia

Komantin Saèbu, Flora Endemik Madura dalam Bayang Kepunahan

Purple Chrystyl Romero (Freelance Journalist), Punyathorn Jeungsmarn (Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand)

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