Recognizing Central Africa’s Gabon as a global biodiversity and conservation leader; UNESCO has declared the Ivindo National Park as a World Heritage Site.
Together with a number of other locations worldwide, the national park located in east-central Gabon; marks the second nature reserve of the central African nation after Lope Park was recognized by UNESCO back in 2007. The second World Heritage Site is seen by environmentalists as a win for the country; whose 90 percent of land area is covered by forests; and whose government has actively campaigned to preserve its natural heritage.
Ivindo National park
UNESCO announced on its Twitter page on Wednesday, July 28. In response, Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba tweeted “A great day” in French;adding that the UNESCO World Heritage Site inclusion “rewards Gabon’s efforts to protect its forests; which play a key role in the fight against global warming.”
According to Sciencetimes, By the end of June 2021, Gabon earned the distinction as the first African country to receive international funding to boost its conservation efforts for its native flora and fauna. According to its page in the UNESCO site, Ivindo National Park is located at the border of Gabon provinces of Ogooué-Ivindo and Ogooué-Lolo provinces, covering 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) of land that serves as a habitat to a variety of endangered mammals including elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, leopards, as well as three species pangolin. Additionally, UNESCO itself announced that there are parts of the reserve that remain unexplored.