Gabon has announced a bold new initiative to conserve the “incredible natural treasures” of its coastal waters, Lee White, the Director of Gabon’s National Parks confirmed on Tuesday.
Speaking on the margins of the United Nations Ocean Conference, he said the network would include 9 new marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering just over a quarter of Gabon’s ocean territory.
The idea is to protect ecological resources and threatened marine species like the leatherback turtles and humpback whales, but also to restore and sustainably-manage marine fisheries.
The “democratic aspirations” of the people Gabon should be respected in a legal challenge to a disputed presidential election.
The claim filed by the defeated candidate, Jean Ping, who lost the August poll by around 5,500 votes, has been made in the Constitutional Court.
Violence erupted on the streets of the capital, Libreville, following the result.
Jerome Longué has been speaking to Abdoulaye Bathily, the head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).