« 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. »