Local Voices Spread Conservation Message in Gabon

"A group of nine dwarves lived here, and one day a dwarf dropped his ax in the water," says Ladislas Désiré Ndembet, standing on the shore of Lac Blue, or Blue Lake, in Gabon's southern province of Ngounié. So begins the local lore of the lake - one of Gabon's ecological wonders that Gabonese conservationists are trying to preserve.

A razed area next to Lac Bleu in Gabon. A local organization, Muyissi Environment, is trying to supply a stronger local voice to encourage economic development that doesn't destroy the environment.

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    Greening of Gabon, October 2011

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    Gabon's Lac Bleu. According to local lore, animist spirits abound in the natural world – in watercourses like Lac Bleu as well as in the chimpanzees, gorillas, forest elephants and hippopotamuses that ... see more »

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