The Salonga National Park in Democratic Republic of the Congo has been removed from the endangered heritage sites list due to improved security measures and conservation efforts that have seen stabilising bonobo and elephant populations.
Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) Salonga National Park is no longer on the List of World Heritage in Danger, the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has announced.
The removal of Salonga from the list is due to improved conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures and better management of the park, the World Heritage Committee said.
Salonga, which sits at the heart of the central basin of the Congo River, was placed on the World Heritage List in 1984. Due to poaching, deforestation and poor management, the park was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1999, said 350.org’s Christine Mbithi in a statement.
In 2018, former DRC president Joseph Kabila approved oil drilling in a block sharing a boundary with Salongo and Virunga (also a Unesco World Heritage Site) national parks. Oil drilling in protected areas is prohibited in the DRC, but Kabila considered redrawing the boundary lines of the parks to accommodate the oil companies, which included South…