|Prez Ali Bongo Emphasizes Peoples’ Preservation,
Showcases Innovative Model for Africa.
Story: Mohammed Abu,Accra,ADM,Ghana
President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Central African oil producing country of Gabon has re-emphasised his long known position that,Africa cannot approach sustainable management solely from the point of view of conservation.
On the contrary, he argues,”we must also tackle this issue through rational use of the environment in order to give more meaning to its preservation by the people who live in it”, said the President Ali Bongo Ondimba”.
President Ondimba made the submission during a speech he delivered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York last week during which he also announced the creation of a network of 20 marine protected areas in the country consisting of nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of Gabon’s territorial waters.
Underpinned by a network of 13 national parks, representing true treasures of global biodiversity, and more than 800 kilometres of coastline of the country, more than 90% of which is covered with forest,Gabon is seeing a significant acceleration of its sustainable development policy.
These were contained in a Press Release issued by the Presidency and distrubuted on its behalf by GPO.
The creation of these areas the release narrates,had been preceded by the approval of the project by the Head of State, who is also President of the Strategic Committee of the National Marine Council, the body created in April 2014 with responsibility for formulating national marine policy.
An innovative initiative on the African continent,the release notes, the creation of this network of marine protected areas confirms President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s commitment to preserving the environment, as well as to implementing effective and sustainable management of the nation’s marine natural resources.
“The policy aims to rehabilitate fish stocks, increase the sustainable production of the available fishery resources and protect the marine environment, and will have multiple positive outcomes for the people of Gabon.
“This policy is based on a new model of socio-economic development that is beneficial both to the Gabonese population and to the international community. Its practical implementation can be seen, in particular, in the signing of major environmental agreements such as the Paris. Agreement, signed in the context of the COP21 summit.
During his term in office at the head of CAHOSCC, Ali Bongo Ondimba,the release added, intends to continue the work of his predecessor, the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, and “to open up new areas of development in this field that are so crucial to our future in the face of climate change.”