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Cristina Mamami, a fisherwoman who was forced to emigrate from her village after Lake Poopó, the second largest in Bolivia, dried up and wiped out the fish on which her family lived; Sandra Corales, a beekeeper working to restore hives in Xochimilco on the outskirts of Mexico City; Cristian Intriago, a young Ecuadorian who leads a conservation project for endangered turtle nests in Puerto Cabuyal; Joaquín Gutiérrez, a farmer who transformed his almost barren land in the arid corridor of Guatemala into a lush garden: four Latin Americans who are experiencing climate change in the present day and are looking for ways to adapt to or mitigate its effects are the protagonists of the Launch of América Futura , the new section launched this Thursday by EL PAÍS América in collaboration with the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America.

The project, which has the ambition to become the largest portal of digital content on sustainable development in Latin America, was born with the mission of offering rigorous and quality information on issues that do not always find a place on the news agendas of major media . From the environment to the economy, employment, education, urban planning or gender equality, to more responsible consumers when buying clothes or choosing what to eat, América Futura’s vocation is to provide a space to think about a more diverse , more pondering more resilient and less unequal.

Thousands of monarch butterflies fly over the forests of the reserve in the state of Michoacán.Hector Guerrero

“After several decades of domestic struggles and conflicts, it is time to raise the global voice of Latin America and the Caribbean, to take a more active part in international geopolitics and to publicize the progress we are making every day in small rural communities Territories achieve space, in increasingly smart metropolises, in the protection of forests, oceans and biodiversity, in digital connectivity and access to education, among many others,” affirms CAF Executive President Sergio Díaz Granados on the project’s presentation platform. The organization he heads makes resources, sources, reports and experts available on the website. “We joined this project because we believe that quality journalism is closely linked to our mission: to promote the sustainable development and well-being of all people in Latin America and the Caribbean,” says Díaz Granados.

“Today, EL PAÍS, the most widely read Spanish newspaper, takes an important step in American reporting on one of the key issues of the 21st century: sustainable development. Led by Lorena Arroyo, a team of highly qualified journalists, with the support of the best companies and world experts, will enter this territory with a 360-degree vision,” says Jan Martínez Ahrens, Director of EL PAÍS América. “Future America was born with a commitment to structuring a critical conscience on an issue where the continent is jeopardizing its future. To achieve this, out of independence and rigor, the new narratives are combined with the traditional ones, paying attention to both a quality analysis and a human approach, always trying to offer a pluralistic and substantial vision.”

The team will be based in Bogotá and will be led by Lorena Arroyo, a journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the region who served as editor-in-chief for the El País América website for the past year in Mexico City. . With a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Masters in Investigative Journalism, Data and Visualization, Arroyo worked at Univision Noticias, in Washington and Miami, at BBC Mundo and at agency EFE before joining EL PAÍS in April 2020. in Rio de Janeiro, La Paz and Madrid. His participation in multimedia journalistic projects has brought him various awards in recent years, including the Gabo Journalism Award for the best text in 2021 The Tamaulipas massacre, the American dream dies in Mexico. In the USA she was awarded, among other things, an Emmy and an Edward Murrow Award, in 2019 she received the World Press Photo for the best online video of the year.

Vehicular traffic on Avenida Río de los Remedios in the municipality of Tlalnepantla de Baz in the state of Mexico.
Vehicular traffic on Avenida Río de los Remedios in the municipality of Tlalnepantla de Baz in the state of Mexico.Nayeli Cruz

América Futura’s newsroom will be in constant coordination with EL PAÍS América’s headquarters in the Mexican capital, and will also have access to the wide network of journalists and columnists that the newspaper has throughout the region. In addition, the new section will expand the network of collaborators with credentials on sustainable development issues: from the public sector, international organizations and universities to the voices of the communities that will have a particular relevance in the project.

Celebrating ten years since its launch, the EL PAÍS América website, with more than 40 million readers, is a benchmark for regional information and the defense of democratic values ​​in an area of ​​nearly 700 million people, where threats to the press and the deterioration of the freedom of expression are increasing. Since its inception, EL PAÍS has distinguished itself for its commitment to Latin America, but in the last two years its American edition has doubled its commitment to the region with the expansion of newsrooms in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.

Source elpais.com

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