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Ivory Coast lays foundations to protect world’s second-largest ...

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Ivory Coast lays foundations to protect world’s second-largest urban park

To save the Banco National Park from logging and pollution, authorities are encircling it with a wall

Loucoumane Coulibaly

Concerned about illegal logging and pollution in Banco National Park in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, authorities are erecting a concrete perimeter wall they hope will preserve its distinctive ecosystem.

Banco spans more than 34km2 of western Abidjan, making it the second-biggest urban park in the world, behind Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca National Park.

Some of its wildlife, which includes monkeys, chimpanzees and 500-year-old trees, is considered sacred by locals and its shady trails are a haven for hikers and bicycle riders from the city of 5-million’s traffic-clogged streets...

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