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DR Congo | Before leaving office, president awarded drilling license in WH-listed Salonga NP

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Former Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila in December awarded an oil drilling license that overlaps a wildlife-rich UNESCO world heritage site, according to official records, reviving concerns about environmental protections.

Congo, Africa’s leading copper producer, has long aimed to boost oil output above 25,000 barrels per day but corruption and conflict have hampered development on its Atlantic coast, in the its central rainforests and near its eastern border with Uganda.

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