Speech by the Head of State at the Summit on Climate Change 2014

Speech by the Head of State at the Summit on Climate Change 2014


H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo stated before the delegates at the United Nations that Equatorial Guinea has adopted a five-point plan to conserve the natural environment and contribute to global efforts to slow the rate of global warming. The conservation of forests, hydropower and stopping the burning of natural gas are part of this strategy.


In his speech to the delegates of the United Nations, President Obiang said that the Government had directed its socioeconomic development policies towards sustainability. "Equatorial Guinea is a developing country that practically lives thanks to Mother Nature, it does not know the problems of environmental degradation and aims to develop new technologies to ensure the welfare of its people."

The Head of State said that the country has adopted a five-point plan that lays the foundation for a sustainable economy and contributes to the global fight against climate change and its effects. In addition, the policies on forests and natural areas are in line with the recommendations of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC).

Under the plan, the Government of Equatorial Guinea is taking the following measures:

1.  Producing electricity through the hydroelectric system and turbo gas, from gas produced in the oil industry.

2.  Avoiding the burning of gas in the atmosphere, for its conversion to butane gas, LNG liquefied gas and other derivatives. The Government is negotiating this technique in order to absorb the gas that being burned in neighboring countries.

3.  The elimination of thermal power plants that produce carbon dioxide replacing them with hydroelectric plants based on river basins of the country.

4.  In terms of the conservation of ecosystems, Equatorial Guinea, respecting the decisions of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), has created large reserves in Ureka, Bioko Island, and Mount Alen, in the Continental Region.

5.  Faced with the imminent danger of desertification caused by the overuse of wood, the Government has reduced the exploitation of its forest reserves by 25% under the policy required by the COMIFAC and demands the processing of wood in order to obtain the added value.

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that "the Government's forestry policy is aimed at protecting endangered species and ecosystem conservation through legal rules that protect the species that have been declared endangered."

Source: Qorvis

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office


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