GREAT NEWS: GABON ANNOUNCES THE DECISION TO CREATE A NEW MARINE PROTECTE AREA NETWORK
Covering more than 46,000 square kilometres (over 18,000 square miles), that will safeguard whales, sea turtles, and other marine species inhabiting the country’s coastal and offshore ecosystems – a network of marine parks covering about 23% of Gabon’s territorial waters and EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).
The announcement was made by His Excellency The President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba in Sydney as the world’s conservationists gather for the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress.
“Gabon will become the first Central African Nation to protect its marine resources with the establishment of a marine protected area network,” said John Robinson, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science and IUCN Vice President. “This announcement by President Ali Bongo Ondimba is a great way to start the IUCN World Parks Congress which aims to show that protected areas are vital to securing Earth’s biodiversity.”