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Rep of Congo | Jostling aside criticism, government opens Nouabalé-Ndoki NP to O&G exploration

The government of the Republic of Congo has, according to its own maps, opened up new areas for oil exploration in sections of the world’s largest peatlands and Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, a celebrated rainforest.

In 2018, the Central African country tendered blocks for bidding by oil companies “right over what’s often called one of the most important protected areas in Africa,” Simon Counsell, executive director of the Rainforest Foundation UK, said in an interview. “It’s bizarre."

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