Conservationists in move to save DRC natural heritage sites

Conservationists are meeting in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, in an attempt to preserve five endangered natural heritage sites.

Virunga National Park

The continued insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to conflict as well as a general break down of law and order have led to massive poaching and the destruction of natural habitats.

Guy Debonnet is from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which has put the sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.

“I think of issues of security, of the involvement of armed groups and sometimes even military of the Congolese army in poaching, and of course the issue of the mining concessions, the oil exploration concessions, some issues related to the cadastre, so where people have been attributed land in the parks illegally during the war time. The World Heritage Committee always has expressed its opinion that these activities are not appropriated to the World Heritage sites.”

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