Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants
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This investigation, one of the winners of the 2022 GRID-Arendal Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants, is about the Argentine province of Chaco, where the largest forest extension of what was once the Great Chaco Forest is still preserved. However, reports of illegal clearing have been among the highest in recent years. This was the last territory to be colonized by European settlers in Argentina, and went from being a jungle to an extractive zone for timber, tannin, coal, soy and cattle without any planning or environmental awareness. The military dictatorship began to penetrate the forest in 1978, and in the last 12 years, Chaco has lost almost 300,000 hectares of native forest. Actions by activists and conservationists are pushing the provincial government towards more sustainable initiatives such as ecotourism, other forms of livestock farming and payment for environmental services to stop the progress of deforestation that affects one of the most threatened forests in Latin America. Originally published on Mongabay (Spanish) and Dialogo Chino.
About the authors
Born in 1988, Julian holds a BA in Sociology (UBA) and an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development (UCL). His investigative climate solutions work has been focused on ecosystem services, energy transitions and climate justice movements. Contributor to Mongabay, Jacobin, Le Monde Diplomatique, El País, VICE and Revista Anfibia, among others. He has been a fellow of GRID-Arendal, Earth Journalism Network, One Earth Initiative and Climate Tracker. His work in environmental photography has been recognized by UNESCO. Based in between Athens and Buenos Aires.
Born in 1985, Ignacio is a bilingual (Spanish-English) storyteller and photographer from Córdoba, Argentina. His stories and reportages of different social and environmental issues have been published by outlets such as VICE, El País, TRT World, Letras Libres, LAND, and Mongabay among others. Based in Córdoba, Argentina.