Gabon

Gabon
Population

Population

1500000 people
Country Size

Country size

26800000 hectares
Forest Cover

Forest cover

20000000 hectares
  • The forestry sector is the second largest source of national revenue in Gabon, so the Gabonese government regard the exploitation of timber as central to economic development. This has caused logging activity to increase. The forest is being considered for new investments in mining (iron), oil, agriculture (palm, rubber), dams and associated infrastructure projects development (building of roads).
  • Communities do not benefit from forestry revenues, have no rights over resource management and are given no right to Free Prior and Informed Consent. Forest communities and indigenous peoples are not politically represented so they don’t participate in the decision-making processes that their lives depend on. All land belongs to the State, so customary land tenure is not recognised and customary law is not clearly legally defined.
  • The creation of the 13 National Parks has significantly reduced the access of the communities to their traditional lands. This limits their rights to food security (most still hunter/gatherers), freedom of movement (especially semi-nomadic peoples) and preservation of cultural identity (access to traditional lands).
  • Working here since 1998.

Projects in this country

Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation

Conservation policy and practice has historically failed to take into account forest and indigenous peoples' rights and needs. In so doing, it has also failed to protect forests and biodiversity. ...

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Mapping For Rights

Mapping For Rights

Mapping For Rights is an award-winning, interactive community map project for the Congo Basin, which started in November 2011 and is ongoing. By highlighting the presence of otherwise 'invisible' i...

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Challenging Palm Oil

Challenging Palm Oil

With our work on palm oil in the Congo Basin we aim to highlight that large-scale development projects must not overshadow forest peoples’ rights and environmental sustainability. In other parts of...

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Partners

BRAINFOREST

BRAINFOREST

Founded in 1998, Brainforest works on forest and environmental issues with a dual focus on field support and policy monitoring. Its philosophy revolves around the links between environmental and social problems. Brainforest emphasises the participation of local populations (including indigenous communities) in the recognition of their rights and the promotion of community development.