“The European Union (EU) has awarded Gabon 10 billion CFAF in funding to bolster the management of its 13 national parks, which cover 11% of the country’s territory, according to an announcement at a press conference Monday in Libreville, by the Head of the Management Department at the National Parks Agency (ANPN), Jean Baptiste Squarcini.

The funds will go to equip eco-guard aircrafts with high performance hardware to ease data collection and help combat poaching. The package will also serve to “fund 375 hours in additional overflights per year,” Mr Squarcini said. The overflights will deliver quick assessment of threats to wildlife in national parks.”

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