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Perenco Oil and Gas and ANPN (National Parks Agency of Gabon) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the two entities on 30th January, 2014, for a period of three years.
This agreement is based on studies conducted by the ANPN, the National Geographic Society, the Waitt Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society, which revealed the richness of the marine life surrounding oil rigs. It was shown that oil rigs provide a favourable environment for the development of artificial reef biodiversity, unspoiled by fishing due to the presence of a safety zone around offshore platforms.
As a result of these findings, the agreement partners plan to conduct studies on the protection of these ecosystems in the context of oil production and at the moment of the decommissioning of the platforms. This practice is known as "Rig to Reef".
The MOA will provide ANPN with the financial means necessary to carry out its mission of research and protection. Mayumba National Park in southern Gabon, near which Perenco operates, notably includes populations of cetaceans and sea turtles that will be the focus of specific studies.
The unique marine wildlife of Gabon, which is the heritage of the country due to its potential as a tourist attraction, is today faced with the threat of illegal industrial fishing.