Gabon forests – level 1

03-04-2023 07:00

Gabon is a special place. It is one of the last places in the world where you can see gorillas, leopards, or elephants. The largest forests are in Gabon. They are intact. It means that people don’t destroy them.

But the country has problems with money. In the past, Gabon gets a lot of money from oil. Now, there is not so much oil anymore. The government is looking for new ways to make money. One possibility is ecotourism. Workers are building a safari with small houses. Tourists can live there. It costs 2,000 dollars per night. Another possibility to make money is logging. But companies can cut down only a limited number of trees. It is important that the forest can regenerate.

Some people worry that new businesses will have a bad impact on their lives. They are afraid that they will not be able to fish, hunt and grow plants for food.

Difficult words: ecotourism (holidays to places of natural beauty in a way which helps local people), logging (cutting down trees for their wood), regenerate (to grow again).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What challenges do local communities face due to the proposed new businesses in Gabon?


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