Biodiversity Media Alliance

Linking Journalism with the Web of Life

Welcome to the Biodiversity Media Alliance

Hello and thanks for joining this website.

It exists to build bridges between journalists and sources of stories, news and interviews about biodiversity — why it matters, how it is threatened, and what can be done to protect it and use it in a sustainable way.

All members can use the Blogs section to share news, thoughts, ideas, publications, etc., and you can include photos, links to other websites or attachments. Please limit your content to material that relates specifically to biodiversity - there are plenty of other networks for other conversations.

You can contact people publicly by replying to their blog posts, or privately by sending them a message by clicking the link under their photo on their profile page.

People visiting the site will not see anyone's email address - even if they themselves are members of the site.

People will only be able to contact you through the site's internal mail system, which protects the identity of email addresses. They will only be able to do this if they are a member and they can only become a member after they have been approved.

Members can add a photo and change the layout of their profile pages, by dragging some of the elements into new positions. You can also add applications such as RSS feeds to create a newsfeed from your own organization, for example.

The Blogs section is the most visible way to share information as posts will appear on the homepage, but the site also has a number of topic-specific Groups for more focused discussions.

You can join as many as you like, but to get the most from them we recommend that you select ‘Follow this Group’ when you join each one. This means you will get email updates when other members add new content.

As the site’s membership grows, the Groups will help users to find the people with expertise they seek. To suggest a new group, just make a comment on this blog post.

Feel free to invite other colleagues to join the site. The best way to do this is by sending a personal email from your usual account, but you can also send invitations directly from this site.

Anyone who applies will need to complete the membership questions in adequate detail before being approved, and they may need to check their email spam box for the confirmation email.

Please observe normal network etiquette and do not post copyrighted material without permission.

Lastly, if you have any suggestions about how to improve this site, just comment here and we will see what we can do.

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Comment by Charlene Hewat on June 7, 2010 at 16:13
this is great. living and working in Africa with Environment Africa, a young dynamic African NGO and have to say , one feels out of the mainstream being the the field alot. I am working on an great project, the Green Zambezi Alliance, looking at biodiversity and moving from Aid To Trade. new and getting off the ground. look forward to sharing info, ideas and projects.

Charlene Hewat
Environment AFrica
Comment by Mike Shanahan on June 7, 2010 at 12:52
Hi Rebecca - you can add an RSS feed to your profile page here and it will automatically update with links to the posts from your other sites
Comment by Rebecca Madsen on June 3, 2010 at 14:43
Good news - but just to clarify - it doesn't do the other way around, right? Meaning, I can't post something on my own blog and link it here?
Comment by Mike Shanahan on June 3, 2010 at 10:15
Hi Rebecca -- Yes, when you post a blog you can immediately link it to your Twitter or Facebook accounts. I will check about LinkedIn for you.
Comment by Rebecca Madsen on June 2, 2010 at 21:47
This is a great resource. My only beef is how to reduce the number of times I post information - LinkedIn is nice in that you can post a status update and automatically send that to Twitter and you can link your profile to your blog so that blog posts feed to your profile. Does Ning have any of this functionality?
Comment by Ramesh Prasad Bhushal on May 27, 2010 at 15:55
Quite informative and interactive platform.Hope for best utilization.
Comment by SYED ALI MUJTABA on May 20, 2010 at 18:04
This is good place to network and discuss issue that concerns people and the problems and suggest solutions that are practical and achievable
Comment by Ranjan K Panda on May 6, 2010 at 8:04
Farmers suicides in India - We at Water Initiatives Orissa, a network of concerned people and individuals, have been following the recent farmers suicide cases in the poorest state of India, i.e. Orissa. Our study finds that climate is killing farmers. As such the arrival of monsoon is getting delayed. Growing heat is adding to the devastation. More than 40 farmers in Orissa committed suicide due to this phenomenon this year. A lot needs to be done. We are looking for institutional collaborations to study the local weather change in a systematic manner and suggest new measures to save the dying farmers.

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