DR Congo: Cabinet approves opening national parks to oil exploration

Issue 373 - 13 Jul 2018 | 3 minute read

A cabinet meeting in Kinshasa has agreed to open up parts of the Virunga and Salonga national parks to oil and gas exploration. The decision was made on 8 June, but not made public until three weeks later. According to an official communiqué, the Council of Ministers authorised hydrocarbons minister Aimé Ngoy Mukena and his environment and sustainable development counterpart Amy Ambatobe to establish an interministerial committee to prepare the declassification of areas of the Salonga National Park covered by Block 2 of the Cuvette Centrale Basin.

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