UNESCO listed land in national park sold to agro business

Over 10,605 square meters have been attributed to a private agro company, La Belle, despite the legislation in place supposedly protecting national parks in Algeria.

The land, located in the Gouraya national park has been recognised as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2004.

The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including Barbary macaques and jackals who live in the forests in this park. The Barbary macaque is a primate with a very restricted range in portions of northwestern North Africa and disjunctively in Gibraltar.

In 2011, the French Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique led a phytosociological study which concluded there were 7 vegetation groups belonging to 4 phytosociological classes in the park.

The attribution of the land is sure to raise questions about authorities willingness in practice to protect Algeria’s national parks.