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The main organisations which have an interest in oil spill prevention and clean-up response are: the Office des Ports et Rades du Gabon (OPRAG); Marine Marchande; Direction des Hydrocarbures, Marine Nationale and Ministere de l'Enseignement Superieur de la Recherche Scientifique, de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature.
Although a draft oil spill contingency plan detailing the recommended roles of the above agencies was prepared by the International Maritime Organization in 1983, this has not been implemented. Both Shell Gabon and Elf Gabon have clean-up resources in the Port Gentil/Cap Lopez area which are primarily intended for spills arising from their offshore oil production facilities and crude export terminals.
The forest and its animals are greatly valued as well, and are portrayed on the Gabonese currency. Tools from the Old Stone Age indicate early life in Gabon, but little is known of its people.
The Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English participated in the slave trade that flourished for 350 years.
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Gabon is a French equatorial country, home to over forty ethnic groups.
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