Greg Carr’s Work in Mozambique Profiled in The New Yorker
The New Yorker recently covered the efforts of Greg Carr, a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle, to promote conservation and sustainable development in Gorongosa National Park, a wilderness the size of Rhode Island at the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley in central Mozambique.
The park was the scene of much of the heaviest fighting during Mozambique´s sixteen-year civil war, and many of the wildlife species in the park were severely depleted. Carr is using his philanthropy to create conditions that will attract ecotourism to the park, insuring its economic self-sufficiency, creating hundreds of jobs in and around the park, and helping protect the environment.
The article explores the difficulties of balancing economic development and ecosystem preservation with respect for the traditions and authority of the local peoples. As Carr puts it: “I’m a human-rights guy and a conservation guy trying to do both at the same time.”