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Libreville International Conference 2-3 June 2010
Date:12/2/2009

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, December 2 /PRNewswire/ --

- "Bolstering Biodiversity in Africa: Everyone's Problem and Heritage"

Coinciding with the International Year of Biodiversity, 2-3 June 2010 the Gabonese Republic is hosting an international conference in Libreville (Gabon) on the issue of safeguarding biological resources in Africa. The conference will be attended by government and state leaders, ministers, scientific experts, private companies, representatives of international organisations and figures from general society.

The Libreville conference has been organised in partnership with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will focus on a core issue underlying global concerns, namely "Bolstering biodiversity in Africa: everyone's problem and heritage".

Gabon, an integral part of Africa's lungs

The Congo Basin, which covers Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, is the world's second largest area of natural tropical rain forests behind the Amazon region.

The Congo Basin forest alone accounts for nearly 200 million hectares or 30% of the plant cover on the African continent and 19% of the world's tropical rain forests.

Furthermore, under the presidency of His Excellency Omar Bongo Ondimba, Gabon has implemented a policy to preserve natural areas by setting up a chain of 13 national parks protecting nearly 11% of the country's forest and water regions.

An international concern

At a time when safeguarding biodiversity in Africa is becoming a major issue for everyone, the Gabonese Republic is hosting a conference that will contribute to the international debate on the link between protecting biodiversity and economic growth. How can we
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