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DR Congo | Government planning to cut large portions out of 2 WH-listed NPs to allow oil exploration

Concern is mounting for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) vast forests and rich wildlife as logging concessions and licenses to explore for oil in protected areas are prepared ahead of presidential elections later this year.

A moratorium on industrial logging, in place since 2002, has been broken with three concessions reportedly handed out by DRC environment minister Amy Ambatobe to Chinese-owned logging companies since February.


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