(GN) Chimp sanctuary created by World Bank threatened by World Bank-backed dam

Jonathan Watts | The Guardian | 03/08/2018

Bank helped create reserve for endangered primates, but has since funded studies used to approve dam that would flood newly created habitat

Less than a year after it helped to create one of the planet’s most important chimpanzee sanctuaries, the World Bank is accused of backing a dam project that could flood the newly protected habitat.

The 6,426 square-kilomet re Moyen-Bafing national park was established by the government of Guinea last November with the support of the International Finance Corporation , the private sector lending arm of the World Bank.

The nature reserve was intended as a “chimpanzee offset” and funded by two mining companies – Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée and Guinea Alumina Corporation – in return for permission to open mineral excavation sites inside other territory of the critically endangered primate.