Ingrid Gercama is a freelance journalist, based in the Netherlands.

Ingrid is covering environmental, trade and health stories in Eastern Europe and Africa. She has contributed to and reported for media outlets in more than fifteen countries, including BBC News, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, De Groene Amsterdammer, and NRC Handelsblad. Ingrid is an International Press Institute Fellow and has been awarded various reporting grants for her work.

In 2015 Ingrid won the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize and in 2021 she was shortlisted for the Fetisov Journalism Awards. 

Ingrid Gercama

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Ingrid Gercama
Environmental, trade and health stories in Eastern Europe and Africa

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Old Cars From Western Europe Polluting Serbia

  • Environment
  • Industry

BELGRADE - Serbia is a graveyard for old and polluting cars from Western Europe. Last year alone, countries in the European Union (EU) exported around 150,000 used cars to the Balkan country. Experts say that this number will increase in the coming years, as the EU is facing out cars using internal combustion engines by 2035 as part of the Green Deal.

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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.

Bosnia’s wood barons

  • Environment

SARAJEVO - Around half of Bosnia-Herzegovina is covered by forests and wood is one of the Balkan country’s most valuable natural resources. But instead of developing the nation, some politicians and private companies enrich themselves with the profits of the ‘green gold’. Forests are cut down for private interests and governments and companies in Western-Europe close their eyes to gain cheap wood. 

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.

Is the EU’s craze for lithium fueling destructive mining operations in Serbia?

  • Environment
  • Industry
  • Politics

BELGRADE - In Serbia, there is a lot of lithium, money and political interest at stake. Under the farming lands of its Jadar valley, geologists from mining giant Rio Tinto found Europe's largest lithium deposits - an amount enough to produce at least one million electric car batteries a year.