Network of natural resources (RRN), the working group climate REDD (GTCR), Network of the Communicators Environment (RCEN), protested today in Kinshasa, during a press briefing, against the killings of 15 okapi in captivity and eco guards, on June 23, 2012, at the Okapi wildlife Reserve, to Epulu, in Eastern Province by the militia of Morgan Ekasambaya.
Civil society working in the environmental sector has asked the government to do everything possible to protect the okapi not found anywhere in the world, symbol of the rich biodiversity of the country and classified as species iconic World Heritage by UNESCO.
It urged the international community to launch an international arrest warrant against Ekasambaya and his accomplices for crimes against humanity and killing wildlife fully protected, as it has done with the insurgents, in Mali, that destroyed the monuments inscribed on World Heritage List.
It also wants to see the development partners supporting the reform of management of protected areas, including the one initiated in the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN), for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve renovate and preserve the okapi.
Joseph Bobia of RRN, Kabamba Felicien of GTCR and Nene Mainzana of RCEN demanded that justice be done to victims and, in particular, local communities, and that is repaired the damage caused by the enemies of nature.