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Conservation Alternative Livelihood Analysis (CALA): Sustainable Income-Generating Opportunities in Mozambique's Lubombo Conservancy Area and Gorongosa Park

Organization(s): 
ACDI/VOCA
Author(s): 
Megan O’Donnell
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Publication date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016

Blessed with valuable natural resources and stunning wildlife, two of Mozambique’s emerging tourism destinations, Gorongosa National Park (GNP) and the Lubombo Conservancy Area, are experiencing a revival after decades of civil war. Tourism investors and conservationists alike are seizing the opportunity to explore the territory that had been previously unreachable. However, local populations that inhabit the area rely largely on low-value subsistence agriculture and unsustainable exploitation of nature to survive, including poaching of endangered species and overfishing. This puts them in direct conflict with tourism developers and conservationists who are looking to preserve and replenish the natural environment.   

USAID is seeking solutions to continue to promote tourism and conservation, while preserving and assisting the impoverished populations to improve their livelihoods.