"Nature is not only matter, it is also spirit." Carl Gustav Jung
With every step we take, we come into contact with nature and the energies surrounding us. Every day, it teaches us many life lessons, such as patience, resilience, and balance. Faced with the massive destruction of the environment and in a world on the brink of chaos, where out of greed and covetousness, man has shattered this nature without taking the time to listen to it or understand its mysteries. Man is intrinsically linked to all living beings and ecosystems on this planet. His survival and existence depend on it, and it is now more than ever necessary for humans to reconnect with the nature that surrounds them through a new way of being in the world by finding the essential aspects of things.
Following the political crisis that hit Mozambique between 1975 and 1992, the Gorongosa National Park saw more than 95% of its ecosystem destroyed in blood and weapons. During this period, nearly a third of the population turned to so-called secure settlements to protect themselves and save their lives. The tragic history linked to this place, its magical landscapes, and these encounters triggered a series of questions about the responsibility of conservation and the role that nature plays in our lives.
Renaissance is a series of photos from a meeting with young scientists from the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. From my first encounter, it was clear that their dedication to the conservation of their heritage, their efforts, their experiences, and their motivations in their fight for the preservation of nature offered a unique point of view on this path of reappropriation of knowledge and respect for the ancestral traditions that link man to nature and the importance of this fight for the rebirth of its ecosystems.
This project aims to highlight the faces of these young Mozambicans dedicated to the protection of Nature, the efforts they provide to appropriate the study of their heritage as well as the involvement of ancestral knowledge on the forests, a personal and intimate approach in the work of the scientists of the Gorongosa National Park.
Launched in 2019, a master's scholarship program brings together 12 students annually. Nature and its functioning are at the heart of learning. They live in the park and set out to discover this nature, where they seek to understand, among other things, the impacts of climate change. During their curriculum, they learn to listen to nature and try to understand how it works. This year, these young Mozambican researchers have started research on ancient and new species, sustainable management of the park's resources, new technologies applied to conservation, and the study of medicinal plants.
They work in collaboration with the communities bordering the park, with whom they exchange knowledge and help each other around conservation issues.
Among other things, this project aims to raise in a context of the globalized environmental crisis, the need to stay connected to nature and to preserve this heritage by relearning to live in balance with nature.