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With the support from the U.S government, the Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ESTA) launched the development of a National Geographic MapGuide with a half day workshop.

The MapGuide will promote the natural, cultural and historic resources of Ethiopia’s Central and Southern Rift Valleys, as part of ESTA’s efforts to empower communities to earn income from tourism in order to mitigate natural resource degradation associated with unsustainable agricultural practices and deforestation, according to a statement the US Embassy sent to WIC today.

The project began with a start-up workshop, led by Jim Dion, Director of National Geographic’s MapGuide initiative, which allowed key tourism stakeholders in Ethiopia to help determine the significant sites, themes and overall content of the MapGuide, it said.

“This MapGuide will be the second produced by National Geographic for Africa, representing an important partnership between National Geographic, ESTA, the Horn of Africa-Regional Environmental Center (HoA-REC), and the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism,” the statement said.

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