Activists on Thursday urged Uganda’s government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda’s border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region’s fragile ecosystems. Uganda’s government is expected to announce next month which companies can bid for six new oil blocks, including one in the Lake Edward basin inside Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. That is drawing concern across the border in Congo, where the managers of Virunga National Park — sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest wildlife park — have been trying to protect the park from oil exploration.

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