Dr. Tristen Taylor is a South African freelance journalist who publishes in Christian Science Monitor, Süddeutsche Zeitung, NRC Handelsblad, Business Day, Daily Maverick, Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Financial Times and Africa Confidential.

He covers politics, corruption and the environment in Africa and Europe. He is a International Press Institute Fellow, was shortlisted for the Fetisov Journalism Awards and won the 2022 Superscrieri press prize.

Dr. Tristen Taylor

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Dr. Tristen Taylor
Journalist & Photographer
Politics, corruption and environment in Africa and Europe
South Africa

Supported projects

Baltic Peat, Dutch Profits, and Carbon Emissions

VILJANDIMAA — The peat trade implies big profits. At the same time, extracting peat is carbon intensive and destroys biodiversity. This investigation looks at how this business is especially lucrative for the Netherlands that do not just trade but also mine peat in Latvia and Estonia.

Dirty Rubber

  • Environment
  • Exploitation

KOUNGOULOU - Europe’s growing demand for natural rubber to produce tyres has been destroying West Africa’s rainforests for large-scale industrial rubber plantations. In Cameroon, rubber conglomerate Halcyon Agri, which also sells rubber to the European Union (EU), has cleared at least 127 km2 of primary rainforest. The rubber market is growing steadily and is expected to exceed $50 billion by 2027.

How exotic birds are trafficked from Guinea into the EU via Serbia

  • Environment
  • Trafficking

GUINEA/SERBIA/THE NETHERLANDS - According to Europol, the smuggling of songbirds and other tropical birds to the European Union (EU) has skyrocketed in recent years, especially along the Balkans trafficking route.