News The UNGE rewards the founder of BBPP On January 24, the Rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) presented the Gold Medal of the institution to Dr. Gail Hearn, founder of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, for her work in protecting the island’s nature.


Dr. Hearn is the founder and director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP), created and established in 1996 through the cooperation between the universities of Drexel (USA) and of Equatorial Guinea. For this reason, on January 24, Carlos Nze Nsuga, Rector of the UNGE, presented her with the Gold Medal of the institution in appreciation for her efforts in protecting the island’s nature.

Among the many contributions of Dr. Hearn to Equatorial Guinea and its university are the establishment of a study abroad program for students of biology and environmental sciences, which has attracted over a hundred American students to our country, and the creation of grants and scholarships, among others.

Regarding her work with BBPP since 1996, we can also mention the organization of an annual expedition to the Scientific Reserve of Caldera in Luba to carry out a census of the primates and monitor their population; conducting numerous scientific studies on the flora and fauna of Bioko, which has helped the Government in biodiversity issues, as well as helping to develop the presidential decree banning hunting, trade and consumption of primates throughout the country.

After receiving the medal, Dr. Hearn expressed her satisfaction and pride with the work: "We very much hope that within a few years no primates in Bioko are endangered."

The event was chaired by the Dean of the School of Environment Sciences of the UNGE, Jose Manuel Esara Echube, and had guests of honor, such as the representatives of Mobil Equatorial Guinea Incorporated and the U.S. Ambassador, Mark L. Asquino.

Source: BBPP.
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

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