The park was listed as an Endangered World Heritage Site in 1984.
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Good news for biodiversity. The largest Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was removed from the endangered World Heritage List on Monday, July 19. A decision that follows the efforts made to protect it represents UNESCO.
“Regular monitoring of wildlife shows that despite the pressures of the past, the Bonobo population remains stable (…) and the number of wild elephants is slowly recovering.”, Refers to the news release. There is a committee “Welcome to Clarification (…) which states that the oil concessions to (the park) are null and void” Oil blocks within the park “Excluded from future auctions”.
Created in 1970 by former dictator Mobutu Cesc Seco, Salonga Park, with an area of 36,000 km2, is considered to be the largest reserve of tropical rainforests in Africa. It was listed as an endangered World Heritage Site in 1984.