Environmental organization Aaranyak released ecoNE, an online magazine, to highlight biodiversity and environmental issues of the Northeast.

The website of the magazine www.econe.in has been released through an online launch on Friday in Guwahati, said a statement.

“We are dedicating ecoNE at the service of the nation in ensuring ecological sustainability of Northeast India through use of media,” Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, secretary general and CEO of Aaranyak, said.

A digital platform such as ecoNE was a long pending need for the Northeast, said Talukdar.

The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has failed to dampen the launch of the magazine which tells stories of the wild, reviews conservation actions, provides multimedia content featuring the rich biodiversity of Northeast as well as highlights the environmental concerns.

The magazine contains articles including original investigations, photo stories, videos, illustrations and a series of Eco Talks on biodiversity and environmental issues, conservation science, endangered species conservation, technological applications in the field of research etc.

“Our tryst with nature also comes with responsibilities and communicating with the masses on biodiversity and the environment is one such responsibility that drives development of this online platform,” UdayanBorthakur, chief editor of ecoNE, said.

The platform intends to promote young writers and budding environmental journalists of the region.

Last year, we have offered five story grants to young environmental journalists to cover original stories from Northeast India which will be published in ecoNE, said Borthakur.

The magazine also intends to publish documentation work by amateur nature lovers, photographers and filmmakers, besides having articles from subject experts.

Interested contributors can contact the magazine through the Contact Us form of the website or write directly at contact.econe@gmail.com.

This magazine is an initiative of the Media Production & Communications Division of Aaranyak, which was established in 2018.

Development of the website is supported by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global network with members from 130 countries that helps journalists in improving quality and quantity of environmental reporting.

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