From articles on oil exploration in Norway and contemporary art in Russia to social entrepreneurship in Morocco and sustainable fishing in Mozambique, please find a selection of recent reportage pieces by Daniel Allen below.

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Running Wild / Geographical

As Europeans migrate from country to city, ever larger tracts of land lie abandoned. Rewilding initiatives, such as this month’s re-introduction of European bison to the Romanian Carpathians, promise to turn back the ecological clock.

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A Heated Debate / Geographical

Iceland has long been famous for its spectacular volcanism, but recent developments in the country’s geothermal power industry have generated a new mid-Atlantic rift.

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Tectonics versus Twitter / Geographical

Known locally as the “Mountain of Fire”, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi is one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Faced with regular eruptions and seismic activity, the communities perched on its slopes once led a precarious existence. Today, however, a pioneering high-tech initiative is making life in Merapi’s shadow a whole lot safer.

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Trekking the Salt Trail / Geographical

In 1999 French film director Eric Valli’s Oscar-nominated film, Himalaya, bought the rugged beauty of Nepal’s Dolpa region and its perilous salt trade with Tibet to global attention. Now, over a decade later, with the salt trade drying up, social NGOs and hikers are reviving the flagging fortunes of the region as the high altitude trails of the epic salt path witness intrepid travellers once again.

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Slick City / Blue Wings

For many visitors to Shanghai, it’s hard to look beyond the clutch of muscular, supertall buildings rising up from the riverside district of Pudong. Yet these days the city’s progressive architectural scene isn’t only about headline-grabbing projects such as the recently topped out Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second tallest building. Much more than a Potemkin village of concrete, steel and glass leviathans, China’s largest metropolis is now pushing the boundaries of urban architecture on all levels.

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High Atlas, High Enterprise / Africa Geographic

The Berbers – the indigenous people of North Africa – call the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco the Idraren Draren or “Mountains of Mountains”. Living in such a remote, high altitude region, they have been isolated for years, with little government investment in education and the local economy. Now a growing number of tourism-based initiatives are helping to raise living standards,  protect the local environment, and preserve Berber culture.

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Back to the Land / Discovery Channel magazine

The Bushmen are Africa’s oldest people, and one of the continent’s most persecuted ethnic groups.  Forced off their ancestral lands by a diamond rush,  the Bushmen of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve have only recently been allowed to return home.  Faced by a range of challenges, only time will tell whether they and their fascinating culture can endure.

 

 

 

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Cats and Cowboys / Geographical

Lying south of the Amazon, and extending into Paraguay and Bolivia, Brazil’s Pantanal region is a vast expanse of seasonally flooded swampland (the word Pantanal translates loosely as “big swampy place”). Today the Pantanal is one of the last strongholds of the jaguar, but the fate of this majestic big cat hinges on nascent eco-tourism initiatives.

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Quirimbas Comeback / Discovery Channel magazine

Based on trade in spice, slaves and ivory, northern Mozambique’s Quirimbas Islands were once a thriving commercial hub. Since the Portugese pulled out of the country in 1974, however, local economies and populations have been in freefall. Can sustainable tourism offer new hope for the idyllic archipelago and its residents?

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Lofoten’s Troubled Waters / Geographical

Every year – between January and March – a natural miracle takes place off the coast of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, as Arctic cod arrive by their millions from the Barents Sea to the north.  With Norwegian and overseas oil companies now seeking to drill right across Lofoten’s offshore spawning fields, what does the future hold for the world’s largest seasonal fishery and the pristine local environment?