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Nathalie Bertrams

Düsseldorf, Germany
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About Nathalie
Nathalie Bertrams is a freelance journalist, photographer, and National Geographic Explorer known for her in-depth reporting on environmental conflicts, human rights and social justice issues, mainly across Africa. Her work has been featured in prominent media outlets, including The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Al Jazeera, El Pais, BBC, and De Groene Amsterdammer. In addition, Bertrams produces TV documentaries for ZDF/Arte. She exhibits internationally and has received multiple grants and awards for her storytelling, including from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, IWMF, Fonds BJP, IJ4EU and Journalismfund Europe. Nathalie studied Fine Arts in the Netherlands, the United States, and Germany and has a master’s degree from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.
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Die in der Kammer sieht man nicht

04 Apr 2024  |  sueddeutsche.de
Der Artikel behandelt das Thema der Emanzipation spanischer Frauen und deren selbstbestimmtes Leben. Es wird jedoch darauf hingewiesen, dass diese Lebensweise oft durch die Beschäftigung illegaler Haushaltshilfen aus Lateinamerika ermöglicht wird. Der Fokus liegt auf dem Alltag einer solchen ausgebeuteten Haushaltshilfe, die in Spanien arbeitet. Der Artikel beleuchtet die Diskrepanz zwischen dem Stolz der spanischen Frauen auf ihre Unabhängigkeit und der Realität der Ausbeutung von Migrantinnen, die im Haushalt arbeiten. Es wird ein kritischer Blick auf die sozialen und rechtlichen Umstände geworfen, die zu dieser Situation führen.

Good bye, Ma’am

06 Feb 2024  |  Süddeutsche.de
The article describes the atmosphere among the people who have gathered to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II. It notes the mix of emotions, with some people drinking Pimm's or beer and feeling cheerful, while others are crying. Despite the different reactions, the crowd is characterized by its calmness and discipline. The article highlights the moment when even David Beckham joined the queue, demonstrating the widespread respect and desire to honor the Queen. The piece captures a night spent among those waiting in the 'Queue' to say goodbye to the monarch.

How tropical birds from Guinea via Serbia end up in Belgian cages

06 Feb 2024  |  MO*
Tropical birds are increasingly being smuggled into the European Union via the Balkans, ending up in the cages of Belgian enthusiasts. Despite a 2005 EU ban on wild bird trade to prevent avian flu, prices have soared, and birds like Mozambique finches are often smuggled into the EU. Belgium and the Netherlands are hotspots for this illegal trade, with organized crime networks involved. The birds are transported from tropical forests to EU border countries like Serbia, where they are then smuggled across the border. The illegal wildlife trade is lucrative, with Interpol estimating it to be worth billions annually. Efforts to combat this trade are hampered by limited international cooperation and resources. The trade has significant ecological impacts, contributing to deforestation and biodiversity loss, with a current mass extinction of species underway.

The fourth scramble for Africa – an opportunity for Africans to dictate the rules of the game

06 Feb 2024  |  Daily Maverick
The article discusses the plight of the indigenous Baka people in Cameroon, who have been displaced from their ancestral rainforest lands due to the establishment of rubber plantations by companies like GMG Global Ltd and its subsidiary Sud Cameroun-Hévéa S.A. The Singapore-based GMG Global was granted land concessions by the Cameroonian government, which led to deforestation and the eviction of the Baka. The company was later acquired by Halcyon Agri, which is controlled by Chinese state-owned enterprises including Sinochem International and China Hainan Rubber Industry Group. The article also touches on the historical context of rubber plantations in Cameroon, the environmental impact of deforestation, and the European Union's new law aimed at preventing the import of commodities linked to deforestation. The Baka community's struggle for reparations and the return to their traditional way of life is highlighted, as well as the complex web of corporate ownership and the involvement of the Cameroonian government and Chinese interests in the rubber industry.

Parrots as valuable as cocaine

06 Feb 2024  |  Vreme
The article investigates the illegal trade of exotic birds, focusing on the African grey parrot, which is endangered in the wild. It highlights the high demand for these birds in Europe, leading to a lucrative black market that rivals drug trafficking in profitability. The United Nations and Interpol estimate that the wildlife black market is worth between $7 billion and $23 billion annually. The article details the smuggling routes through Serbia and the Balkans, the challenges faced by law enforcement and conservationists, and the impact of the trade on bird populations. It also discusses the legal loopholes that allow trafficked birds to be laundered into the legal market in the EU.

Das Ende keiner Ära

06 Feb 2024  |  Süddeutsche.de
The article discusses the current state of FC Bayern under the leadership of Julian Nagelsmann. It describes the team as an 'Amplitudenmannschaft', a term that suggests they are experiencing significant fluctuations in performance. The article implies that there is a lack of understanding within the team regarding these fluctuations. It also touches on the high expectations in Munich, where the only options are to be either outstanding or to be out of favor.

Darf man Oktopusse noch essen? Sie spielen eine wichtige Rolle im Meeresökosystem, gelten als hochintelligent. Und sie sind eine wertvolle Delikatesse, von Japan bis Spanien. Bald soll man sie züchten können. Kann Aquakultur das Kraken-Dilemma lösen? Fotos & Text für Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die in der Kammer sieht man nicht

06 Feb 2024  |  Süddeutsche.de
Der Artikel behandelt das Thema der Emanzipation spanischer Frauen und deren selbstbestimmtes Leben. Es wird jedoch darauf hingewiesen, dass diese Lebensweise oft durch die Beschäftigung illegaler Haushaltshilfen aus Lateinamerika ermöglicht wird. Der Fokus liegt auf dem Alltag einer solchen ausgebeuteten Haushaltshilfe, die in Spanien arbeitet. Der Artikel beleuchtet die Diskrepanz zwischen dem Stolz der spanischen Frauen auf ihre Unabhängigkeit und der Realität der Ausbeutung von Migrantinnen, die im Haushalt arbeiten. Es wird ein kritischer Blick auf die sozialen und rechtlichen Umstände geworfen, die zu dieser Situation führen.

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Was Wasserkraft weltweit anrichtet

06 Feb 2024  |  Süddeutsche.de
The article discusses the impact of hydroelectric power generation through dams around the world. It highlights that while dams are producing more renewable electricity than ever before, there is a significant cost associated with their use. The investigation by 'SZ' reveals that the environmental and social consequences of dam construction are considerable, and the reliability of energy production from such sources may not be as secure as previously thought. The article likely covers the ecological disruption caused by dams, the displacement of communities, and the potential overestimation of sustainable energy output from hydroelectric sources.

Octopus hunger threatens the world's largest artisanal cephalopod fishing power

20 Jan 2024  |  El País
Mauritania, home to the world's largest artisanal octopus fishery, faces challenges from foreign fishing fleets, climate change, and government regulations aimed at protecting the overexploited species, essential for biodiversity. Approximately 50,000 fishermen with a fleet of 7,500 boats are struggling to make a living, often returning empty-handed due to fierce competition and unsustainable practices. The government has issued fishing licenses to large foreign trawlers and implemented policies to favor local production, but overfishing persists. The FAO reports that annual octopus catches exceed sustainable levels by 49%. Measures such as catch quotas and protected areas are in place, but illegal fishing remains a problem. The situation is critical for both the local economy and the marine ecosystem.

Grilled, boiled, as sashimi or salad

04 Oct 2023  |  De Groene Amsterdammer
The article explores the challenges faced by local fishermen in Mauritania due to overfishing by foreign trawlers and the ethical concerns surrounding octopus farming. It highlights the economic disparity between local fishermen and large fishing corporations, the environmental impact of overfishing, and the cultural significance of octopus in various regions. The article also discusses the efforts of the Mauritanian government and international organizations to regulate fishing practices and protect marine ecosystems.

Forests for Tires

06 Sep 2023  |  De Groene Amsterdammer
In Cameroon, the expansion of the Sud Cameroun Hévéa SA rubber plantation, owned by Corrie MacColl, a subsidiary of Singapore's Halcyon Agri, has led to the destruction of rainforest and the displacement of the indigenous Baka people. The plantation, which also involves the Chinese state-owned Hainan Rubber, has been linked to environmental degradation and social injustices. Despite the company's claims of no further deforestation and the creation of a community forest for the Baka, environmental organizations argue that the social responsibilities are not being met and the Baka's rights are overlooked. The European Union's new law requiring 'deforestation-free supply chains' aims to address the impact of European consumption on global deforestation. However, the article suggests that the law may come too late for the Baka people, who continue to suffer the consequences of land grabbing and loss of their traditional way of life.

Re: Exoten im Vogelkäfig - Das Geschäft mit Tropenvögeln - Die ganze Doku

27 May 2023  |  ARTE
Der Artikel behandelt den illegalen Handel und Schmuggel von exotischen Vögeln aus Suriname nach Europa, insbesondere in die Niederlande. Seit 2005 ist der Import von tropischen Wildvögeln nach Europa verboten, aber aufgrund der hohen Nachfrage nach exotischen Vögeln als Haustiere besteht weiterhin ein lukrativer Schwarzmarkt. Harald Garretsen, ein Inspektor der niederländischen Behörde für Lebensmittel- und Konsumgütersicherheit, überwacht den Handel auf Europas größtem Vogelmarkt in 's-Hertogenbosch, um illegale Aktivitäten aufzudecken. Der Artikel erwähnt auch Dion Coutinho, einen erfahrenen Vogelfänger aus Suriname, der für Tierparks und Exportfirmen arbeitet, und Suniel Chedie, einen niederländischen Vogelbesitzer mit surinamischen Wurzeln, der legale Zucht bevorzugt und gegen den illegalen Import von Vögeln ist.

South Africa’s gold mining legacy

17 Apr 2023  |  Al Jazeera
The article discusses the environmental and health impacts of abandoned gold mine dumps in South Africa, particularly focusing on the Snake Park dump in Soweto. It highlights the lack of security and safety measures around the toxic mine, which poses a significant threat to the local community. Residents, including children, suffer from respiratory problems and other health issues such as severe cerebral palsy. The article features voices from community activists, researchers, and medical professionals who call for the removal of the dumps and accountability from the government and mining companies. The Bench Marks Foundation and Science for the People Southern Africa are mentioned as organizations involved in addressing these issues.

Giant pangolin's capture sheds light on the mystery of species

11 Aug 2020  |  the Guardian
The article discusses the capture of a giant pangolin named Ghost in Gabon's Lopé-Okanda national park by David Lehmann and his Wildlife Capture Unit. The capture is part of the EU's Ecofac6 programme aimed at protecting biodiversity in the Congo basin. Pangolins are critically endangered and heavily trafficked for their scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. The article highlights the challenges in combating poaching and trafficking, the importance of pangolins in the ecosystem, and the efforts of researchers and law enforcement agencies like Europol to use advanced forensic techniques to fight wildlife crime. It also mentions the need for international collaboration and consumer behavior change to address the illegal wildlife trade.

They survived centuries of elephant onslaught. Now climate change is killing these iconic baobabs

01 May 2020  |  Mongabay Environmental News
Elephants in Mapungubwe National Park are causing significant damage to ancient baobab trees, exacerbated by a severe drought linked to climate change and human activities such as mining. A survey revealed a higher-than-expected mortality rate for baobabs, with experts attributing the deaths to both elephant activity and environmental stressors. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, faces challenges from overallocated water resources and increased drought frequency. Conservationists emphasize the interconnectedness of elephant and baobab survival, highlighting the broader implications of climate change on Southern Africa's ecosystems.

The Secret Life of the Pangolin

28 Apr 2020  |  Basler Zeitung
The pangolin, one of the most frequently poached mammals globally, continues to baffle researchers with its behavior. Its situation has become more precarious since being considered a potential intermediary host for the coronavirus. David Lehmann and his team face significant challenges in Gabon's Lopé-Okanda National Park, navigating dense rainforests and dangerous wildlife in their quest to study the elusive pangolin.

The Secret Life of the Pangolin

28 Apr 2020  |  www.derbund.ch
The pangolin, one of the most frequently poached mammals globally, continues to baffle researchers with its behavior. Its situation has become more precarious since being considered a potential intermediary host for the coronavirus. David Lehmann and his team face significant challenges in tracking this elusive creature in Gabon's Lopé-Okanda National Park, navigating dense rainforests and dangerous wildlife.

Meisjes in de vanillesector sorteren vanille op kwaliteit en lengte

21 Dec 2019  |  www.groene.nl
Het artikel beschrijft de vanille-industrie in de Sava-regio van Madagaskar, met name in de stad Antalaha, waar 80% van 's werelds pure vanille wordt geteeld. De vraag naar natuurlijke vanille heeft geleid tot een enorme prijsstijging, waardoor vanille nu meer waard is dan zilver. Dit heeft echter ook een donkere kant, met een toename van criminaliteit en angst onder de lokale bevolking. De vanillehandel wordt geassocieerd met corruptie, diefstal en zelfs moord. Daarnaast wordt de vanillehandel gebruikt om inkomsten uit de illegale houtkap van rozenhout te witwassen. De houtkap heeft een verwoestend effect op de unieke natuur van Madagaskar en wordt gedreven door de vraag uit China. De overheid lijkt weinig te doen om deze praktijken tegen te gaan, en milieuactivisten die zich uitspreken worden vaak bedreigd of gevangengezet.

Fischer spritzen Cyanid in Korallenriffe, um tropische Fische zu betäuben

21 Dec 2019  |  Süddeutsche.de
The article discusses the harmful practice of using cyanide to stun tropical fish in coral reefs, which is done to capture them for aquariums. The majority of these fish die either during the capture process or while being transported. The article highlights the unregulated market and the severe ecological consequences of this practice. Nyoman Sujana is featured as an individual who prepares for his day's work, which implies his involvement in this practice. The article aims to shed light on the environmental impact and the need for better regulation in the industry.

On the streets of DR Congo’s Goma, rap gives youth a voice

24 Dec 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the DRC, street children and teenagers, including a hip-hop collective called Shusha Ma Flow, use rap to express their struggles amidst ongoing armed conflict and political instability. Despite the dangers they face, such as drug abuse and forced recruitment into armed groups, these young rappers find solace and a means to advocate for change through their music. The group's work is supported by music activist Wanny S-King and the social change association PASO based in Marseille. The article also touches on the delayed presidential elections and the skepticism surrounding the potential for real change.

‘They believe I was cursed with blindness because God was angry’

24 Sep 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Ethiopia, children with disabilities face severe discrimination, violence, and lack of access to health services and education. A report by UNFPA and the Population Council reveals that one in three girls with disabilities has been sexually assaulted. The Charities and Societies Proclamation law hinders NGOs from operating, exacerbating service gaps. With over 100 million people, Ethiopia has only 164 schools for students with disabilities and two for autism, both in Addis Ababa. Fisseha Arage Haile, a blind special needs expert, advocates for disability rights and recognizes the need for more inclusive services.
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