About Us

The Gecko Project is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates the role of land use in some of the most pressing global challenges: climate change, deforestation, the collapse of biodiversity, food security, and the rights of marginalised communities.

We harness the power of investigative journalism and storytelling to catalyse change that will protect the environment and human rights.

What we do

The Gecko Project carries out in-depth investigations aimed at holding power to account. We operate on a partnership model, commonly collaborating closely with large (and local) media organisations to ensure our findings reach the right audience.

There is no set model for our collaborations. Sometimes we complete investigations independently and share our findings with partners. In other cases, we work closely with partners from the outset to shape the story and investigate together. 

We have worked with some of the biggest publications in Europe and Asia, including the BBC, BBC Indonesia, Tempo, Al Jazeera, the Korean Centre for Investigative Journalism, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El País and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

We combine diligent investigative methods with high-quality narrative journalism and multimedia. The result is legally-robust, public interest journalism, packaged up as outputs that people want to read, watch and share. Our investigations have been recognised by awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Society of Environmental Journalists, TRACE International and the Fetisov Journalism Awards. We are a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Who we are

The Gecko Project is a nonprofit organisation registered in the UK. It began life as a project within another nonprofit, Earthsight, in 2017, before becoming an independent organisation in 2019. We have a core of six staff based in the UK and Indonesia. We work with a network of trusted freelance reporters, researchers, photographers and filmmakers globally.

How we are funded

The Gecko Project is funded by private foundations that support work on the environment and human rights. Our supporters include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Good Energies Foundation, Montpelier Foundation, the Aurora Trust and Mongabay.

Contact us

Email info@thegeckoproject.org.

Republish our articles

Unless otherwise stated, our articles can be republished without charge under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). For details, see below.

Terms for republishing articlesYou are free to republish our articles provided you do not alter them without our consent, as specified under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International licence. You cannot republish our photographs or illustrations without specific permission. When republishing an article, we require that you prominently credit The Gecko Project and any partners identified in our story. At the top of the text of your story, include a line that reads: “This story was originally published by The Gecko Project” and link “The Gecko Project” to the original URL of the story. Our stories cannot be republished wholesale, or automatically; you need to select stories to be republished individually. Finally, we request that you alert us to the fact you have republished the story.