Brazzaville, Congo - China and Congo on Tuesday signed an agreement under which China will grant FCFA 50 million to the Central African country to help it protect the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, located in the department of Cuvette-west in the northwest of the country, the Chinese Ambassador to Congo, Guan Jian, said.
'This financial contribution geared toward supporting the conservation of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park covering 13,500 square km of tropical forest is a translation into reality of the international commitments made by the Chinese government in the context of environmental protection and promotion of sustainable development in Africa,' the Chinese diplomat said.
The objective is the preservation of natural resources and protection of biodiversity in the Odzala-Kokoua park that belongs to the Forest Congo Basin, which is considered as the second green lung of the planet. The money will also be used to fight poaching of protected species, notably elephants.
Under the agreement, the money will enable the Congolese government to build a road to link the new base of the park in its eastern part to the National Highway No 2 and the other side to the Mambili river.
The two sides will work by mutual agreement to strengthen their cooperation in the management of the park that is home to a unique biodiversity and to over 400 species of birds, 114 mammals and several primate families and buffaloes.
Being one of the bastions of elephants, lions and lowland gorillas in Central Africa, this park is one of the most spectacular wildlife areas in the world. It is shortlisted as a site to be classified as a world heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).