National Geographic documentary on Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park premieres in Lisbon

13 January 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, 13 Jan – A National Geographic feature film on Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park has premiered in Lisbon at an event meant to attract visitors and publicise efforts to make the project sustainable and help the population in neighbouring areas.

“We need 75,000 tourists per year so that ticket revenues and other spending by visitors can cover the costs of the park’s programmes and management, besides supporting and creating jobs for local citizens,” as the numbers are currently only “5,000 per year”, project founder Greg Carr told the Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The documentary titled “Africa’s Lost Eden” was first screened on Tuesday and shows images of the efforts to restore the park and preserve animal species, many of them decimated during the civil war and post-war periods, hence the need to attract visitors.

The Gorongosa National Park is showcased in the Mozambican stand at this year’s Lisbon Tourism Fair (BTL), which runs from today Wednesday through Sunday. It will also be present at Madrid’s International Tourism Fair (Fitur) later this month. (macauhub)