Writers Guidelines

ECOFORUM JOURNAL (BIODIVERSITY ISSUE)

OVERVIEW AND WRITERS GUIDELINES

Introduction

EcoForum is an environmental Journal that has been published since the seventies. It is published by the Environment Liaison Center
International. The journal’s articles are well-researched, well written, informative and entertaining. They are clear, concise, and accurate.seven covers 2

Environment Liaison Center International produces and disseminates Ecoforum Journal in order to create a forum for interactions and feedbacks among stakeholders including civil society organizations, professionals, governments and resource users (including resource dependent communities and investors).  The Journal’s scope is set within the disciplines of environmental research, development and conservation work. It takes a keen interest in how these interact with social, political and economic trends of specific populations and countries at national and international levels.

April – June 2015 Journal Theme: Biodiversity Prosperity

Biodiversity is nature’s bedrock.

The Ecoforum Energy Journal will take a long, honest and perceptive look at biodiversity and explore its potential to enhance human wellbeing. In doing this, the Journal will provide elaborate, accurate and innovative answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the story of biodiversity and human wellbeing in your country and community? In other words, is biodiversity on the wane or increase and how does this affect local communities and the country at large? In the same vein, what is the promise and plight of biodiversity hotspots on your country?
  2. What role do pastoralists play in conserving biodiversity and how do they/can they benefit from it?
  3. How do urban centers impact biodiversity? How can they relate to biodiversity symbiotically, not parasitically?
  4. In what ways has renewable energy been harmful or useful to biodiversity?
  5. Can industrialization be beneficial to biodiversity?
  6. What are some awesome case studies of people who have become champions of biodiversity?
  7. As noted by CBD, Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising many plant and animal species that are endemic. 600 million islanders mostly depend on this biodiversity. How can their livelihoods be enhanced through increased conservation of the Island biodiversity?
  8. Out of the 724 recorded animal extinctions in the last 400 years, about half were island species. What is contributing to this loss and how can the trend be reversed?
  9. Madagascar is a global biodiversity hotspot. It is a treasure island as far as biodiversity is concerned. At least 615 new species are said to have been discovered in Madagascar in the last fifteen years. Is Madagascar’s rich biodiversity contributing to rich livelihoods?
  10. Southeast Asia is home to the highest percentage of country-endemic birds and mammal species. How are local communities conserving this biodiversity and how are their livelihoods enhanced of their conservation efforts?

Each of the above questions unlocks the door into vital energy segments that will be covered in the Journal. Pick any of the above question, then research extensively on it, think deeply about the bigger picture and write creatively.

Get writing and let the world hear your voice!

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

EcoForum is a Journal committed to connecting the dots so that the bigger sustainability picture can be fully appreciated. The Journal focuses on in-depth analysis of environmental issues, including ecological, social and economic dimensions. It leans towards a conversational style that enhances, not masks, the deep issues being discussed. For the Journal, it’s all about keeping it serious but simple.

While our editorial team will assist writers with translating articles into a simpler, fun-to-read style, it is incumbent on the writers to get the substance right.

The Journal has a long history with award winning writers and hence places a huge premium on excellent writing. We want our writers to feel that they are writing for a large audience out there and can therefore influence thinking and action. We do not burden our writers with a long list of dos and donts. The only rule is – tell your story in a clear, informative and inspirational manner. The latter is pretty important because we believe in information that inspires action.

We have talked about depth, let’s talk about length now. Your features should be between 1500 and 2500 words.

One more thing, you must be able to back up whatever you write down. Accuracy is critical.

Articles must be received by Tuesday 07 April 2015.

For published articles, a token appreciation of USD 60 will be paid within sixty days of publication.

That’s it. Over to you now. Let’s write.

All articles should be sent to:

Bwakali DJ

Editor, Ecoforum Journal

dbwakali@elci.org

www.ecoforumjournal.org