Halt! Who Goes There?

All conservationists want to preserve the Ndoki, but they're not all convinced that the current plan is the right way. Will the proposed park encompassing 450,000 hectares (1.1 million acres) in the forest core be a safe refuge? Or will it bring hordes of loggers, developers and tourists into the surrounding territory?

Most controversial is the involvement of the World Bank, which administers the Global Environment Facility, the Ndoki park's main sponsor. The bank has been notorious for financing ecologically damaging dams, highways and other grandiose projects all over the globe. Even park proponent Michael Fay admits that asking the bank...

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