March 2013

Community ecotourism destinations open in Ethiopia’s Central and Southern Rift Valleys

Climb into one of the canopied boats waiting on the shore of Ethiopia’s Lake Ziway and be transported back in time, to an ancient monastery where monks say the sacred Ark of the Covenant once rested.

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December 2012

Notes from the field: Blazing the trail for tourism in Ethiopia’s Lepis Forest

The vast majority of tourists who arrive in Ethiopia head straight for the northern part of the country.

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November 2012

Planting roots and watching them grow: how one onion farmer’s life has been transformed

In Senegal, the dry northern area called the Fouta is known for migration; Fouta youth often leave in search of economic opportunities despite the potential of local agriculture. But for some, coming home turns out to be the best opportunity.

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October 2012

“Blown Away”: Watershed Management in Rural Ethiopia

This first-person account is part of a regular series of how Counterpart works in the field. This story is by Abe Henry, Program Assistant. Eleven …

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October 2012

Ethiopia: A Treasure to Be Shared, Not Burned

Nagash Gemachu has a new profession, as a tour guide for the beauties of the Lepis Forest – its growing network of trails, its beautiful …

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October 2012

Building an Incentive into Conserving the Land in Ethiopia

The village of Beshera Chafa in Ethiopia’s Central Rift Valley is turning a wasteland into a profit center.

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October 2012

New blue carbon data could give coastal communities a bargaining chip for conservation

Soil samples from mangroves in the Dominican Republic reveal these coastal ecosystems may have the richest carbon stores in the Western Hemisphere, according to new …

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September 2012

Adding value to Lake Atitlán tourism creates ripple effects

By Jennifer Brookland The average U.S. vacation is fewer than five days, and destinations from far-flung Shangri-Las to hometown “staycation” spots all jockey for tourists’ …

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September 2012

Crafting a Future for Guatemalan Artisans

By Jennifer Brookland The vertiginous drive to the villages of the Guatemalan highlands starts with a mountain climb, followed by trails of gnawed and pocked …

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September 2012

A Labor of Love: Guatemalan Artisans Earn a Living from Craft

By David Snyder Creating traditional handicrafts has been a way of life for generations of rural Guatemalan women. But it was a history with an …

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