The Ministry of Fisheries and Environment, in collaboration with the Program for the Protection of Biodiversity on the island of Bioko and the School of Environment, among others, organized a Symposium on Scientific Reserve of the Gran Caldera of Luba.
The Symposium, which has the theme “Translating science into policy, to develop an effective plan of use and management of the Scientific Reserve Gran Caldera of Luba” was opened by the Director General for the Environment, Francisco Engonga Esono.
In his opening address, Francisco Engonga, among other things, emphasized the deep commitment that the Government of the Republic to the protection and conservation of the environment and the natural and cultural heritage.
The Director General of Environment referred to the large number of endemic plants and animals that can be found in the country, calling Equatorial Guinea a nation rich in natural resources.
The symposium focuses on the Gran Caldera of Luba, because it is the nature reserve covering 25% of the island of Bioko and is renowned for the variety of animal and plant species that inhabit it. At the event, experts from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Ministry of Fisheries and Environment, University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), Program Biodiversity Protection of Bioko Island and Development Institute of Protected Areas took part.
To do this, there are three objectives to be achieved in this Symposium: the creation of a reference structure for the design of a management plan for the Scientific Reserve Gran Caldera of Luba; with this plan they intend to design strategies in the short, medium and long term conservation of heritage resources.
Another objective is the implementation of the management plan, in order to ensure that the experts carry it out and can be put into operation promptly and effectively.
And finally, the creation of a document describing the Scientific Reserve Caldera of Luba, so it can be recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO because of its heritage value.
Text and photos: Sarilusi Tarifa King (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office