The government of Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) may allow oil exploration in regions that are currently part of two Unesco-listed parks. An investigative group said that the government is considering redrawing the boundaries of the projects to make the exploration possible.
BusinessLive reports that NGO Global Witness has announced that part of DRC’s Salonga and Virunga national parks would lose its protected status, which would introduce a threat to many of the planet’s endangered species.
Changing the areas’ status would endanger the existence of hippopotamus, elephant and some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas in the area. According to Global Witness, the government has authorised oil blocks in February that partially overlap Salonga — home to up to 40% of the world’s bonobo population.
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