One of the inhabited islands of Kuna Yala as seen from the air, and just beyond, the Kuna's sacred forest, or bonigana. Photo by Roberto "Bear" Guerra

Project Word, a three-year-old project of Tides that promotes media diversity as an editor-at-large to media outlets, had two articles published on National Geographic News Watch while the UN climate conference took place in Cancún this December: a story on Panama and an essay by a Native American forest specialist.

Ruxandra Guidi Reports on the Kuna Peoples
The journalist Ruxandra Guidi, a Venezuelan-born writer with experience reporting for the BBC and other news outlets, worked closely with Project Word to develop a climate-related story on the Kuna peoples of Panama for Natgeo News Watch.  To read Guidi’s piece on the Kuna peoples of Panama, please click here.

Insights on the UN’s Climate Mitigation Plan

Dennis Martinez, a Native American forest restorationist, understood that climatic chaos would wreak havoc on indigenous peoples and degraded ecosystems—and that biodiversity was more important than ever.  Project Word nurtured Martinez’s profound insights into a reported essay, which appeared on National Geographic News Watch.  To read Martinez’s story, please click here.