China-Africa Q&A: Niger Shrinks Nature Reserve for Chinese Oil Exploration

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By The China Africa Project, Eric Olander, and Cobus van Staden. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Welcome to the first edition of China-Africa Q&A, a new podcast series that will feature interviews with key stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse. We'll publish these podcasts intermittently and, as always, welcome your feedback.

In this edition, Eric speaks with Climate Home News Senior Writer, Chloé Farand, about her recent story on Niger's decision to redraw the boundaries of the Termit and Tin-Toumma nature reserve, one of Africa's largest biodiversity reserves, to accommodate the China National Petroleum Corporation who owns three oil exploration blocks that overlap with the reserve.

Under the proposed change, the portions of the reserve that cross over into CNPC's oil exploration zone will no receive protected status.

While the story got quite a bit of attention this summer in the francophone press, there's wasn't as much interest in English-language media.

Eric spoke with Chloe from her office in London to find out more about how she came across the story and why she thinks it didn't get the same amount of attention internationally that it did in French-language media.

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