Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Equatorial Guinea's Island of Bioko Featured in Ventures Africa Magazine

Ventures Africa magazine recently carried a featured story on the captivating natural landscapes of Equatorial Guinea’s Island of Bioko. The article highlighted the island’s white sand beaches, colorful vegetation and precious wood.

While it focused mostly on the West African nation’s climate, geographical location and natural beauty, the magazine also highlighted its offshore oil reserves, “as well as the fact of having the town of Malabo as the political capital of sub-Saharan country, which is also Africa’s third oil-producing country,” and said the island of “Bioko, the largest in the Gulf of Guinea, has become a strategic insular space.”

The temperature and altitude of the southern region of the island, Moka, “allows vegetable production and cattle breeding, creating an alpine landscape,” the magazine reported. “The southern part of the island, exposed to the southwest monsoon, receives an average of 10 meters of water, which maintains the rainforest.”

The magazine reported that the island of Bioko is well known for its biodiversity reserve. “On Bioko, 28 percent of mammals and 32 percent of endemic birds form subspecies, “ it said. “Also the maritime areas of Equatorial Guinea are one of the centers of gravity of the offshore exploitation of hydrocarbons in the region…”

Equatorial Guinea is a member of the Commission for the Conservation of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (COMIFAC). As part of the government’s efforts to preserve the country’s ecosystems and biodiversity, Equatorial Guinea participates in  the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is a signatory of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Environmental conservation is part of a larger effort at reform outlined by President Obiang at the 2010 Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.