Building a green, healthy and resilient future
with forests
28–29 April 2022

Join journalists and editors from around the world. Meet with leaders and experts, receive media training and cover the XV World Forestry Congress.

From 2–6 May 2022, the Republic of Korea will host the XV World Forestry Congress, providing a crucial opportunity for the global forestry community to analyze and address key challenges facing world forestry, particularly in the context of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ahead of the Congress, join journalists from around the world in learning and connecting with leading scientists and experts. Discover the latest insights in sustainable forestry and learn why forests play an essential role in keeping our planet livable.

This seminar is free and available in English, French and Spanish. Stay tuned for more details!



María Isabel Torres

Mongabay Latam

Patricia Gualinga

lideresa indígena kichwa de la comunidad de Sarayaku, Ecuador

Rodrigo Botero

Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS)

Ruth Noguerón

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Stefano Wrobleski

InfoAmazonia Brasil


DAY 1 (28 April 2022)

10:00–11:40 a.m. (UTC+9)

Media workshop – Satellite mapping: leveraging technology to tell impactful stories

[Workshop Part 1] Global Forest Watch and how to monitor real-time deforestation

Length: 40 minutes
Speaker: Ruth Nogueron, Researcher, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Interaction: 10-minute round of questions at the end of the presentation

Global Forest Watch is an open-source web application to monitor global forests in near real-time. In this session, you’ll learn how it works and how to use data correctly. We’ll cover what a deforestation alert is; how to search for recent alerts; and how to study deforested areas, from analyzing long-term data to using the data correctly in a publication.

[Workshop Part 2] Crime maps: emblematic deforestation cases

Length: 15 minutes
Speakers: Alexa Vélez, General Editor, Mongabay Latam
Interaction: 10-minute round of questions at the end of the presentation

Mongabay Latam will present two investigative reports. The first report, Crime Mapping, addresses recent deforestation in Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. The problems detected in these areas include the invasion of territories, the introduction of illicit crops, illegal logging, and threats against Indigenous leaders and to protected areas. The second report, Mennonites in Peru, tells the story of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. 

We will also explore how to develop a story using a deforestation alert, the challenges that arise when covering deforestation in the Amazon, and the sources available to you.

6:00–7:15 p.m.

[Panel] How did the pandemic aggravate the crisis in the Amazon? From land grabbing to violence against environmental defenders

Length: 60 minutes
Moderator: María Isabel Torres, Mongabay Latam Director
Interaction: 15-minute round of questions at the end of the presentation


  • Rodrigo Botero, Director of Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS)
  • Oscar Campanini, director del Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB)
  • Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous leader of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon in Ecuador
  • Julia Urrunaga, Peruvian Director of Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

DAY 2 (29 April 2022)

6:00–7:15 p.m.

[Panel] Transnational crimes: collaborative journalism to investigate the Amazon

Panel length: 60 minutes 
Moderator: Alexa Vélez, General Director, Mongabay Latam





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The best pitches will receive US$1000 from Mongabay, Mongabay editorial assistance, and the winning story will be published on Mongabay and Landscape News.

If you have any questions, please contact GLF Communications Project Coordinator Elena Matviichuk at