June 29, 2018 / 4:37 PM / 3 months ago

Congo says it will open two national parks up to oil drilling

KINSHASA, 29 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said on Friday that it has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species, to oil drilling.

The government said in a statement that the cabinet had approved the establishment of interministerial commissions charged with preparing plans to declassify sections of the parks, including 1,720 square-kilometres, or about 20 percent, of eastern Congo’s Virunga. (Reporting By Amedee Mwarabu; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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