Mozambique: Paradise Lost, and found?

The Pulitzer Center funded several journalists in 2006 to do a multi-country series about environment and conflict, looking at Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Mozambique. Their reporting put them in touch with Carr Carr_smallwho was working to restore the park in Mozambique. His efforts, he believed, would help bring tourism dollars back and lift the region out of poverty.
Listen to a 2007 PRI The World interview with Greg Carr in which he discusses his plans for his 40 million fortune. Less than a year later in January, 2008, the Carr Foundation signed a 20-year contract with the Mozambique government to co-manage the Park.

For months, Pulitzer Center journalists Stephanie Hanes and Jeffrey Barbee, along with videographer Steve Sapienza, reported on Carr and Gorongosa, looking at the intersection of human rights, environmental preservation and economic development – and at the challenges of western interventions in Africa. Their reports appeared in Smithsonian Magazine and on the PBS show Foreign Exchange, Fareedthen hosted by Fareed Zakaria. Check out all their reporting at Pulitzer Center’s website.

Stephanie has continued her own reporting on the subject, with frequent visits to Gorongosa this year thanks to the fellowship she won from the Alicia Patterson Foundation.