Forested nations like Gabon are just starting to develop commodities like palm oil. But as more companies commit to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains, will Gabon get left behind?
The Forest Atlas is a dynamic tool that helps decision-makers in the region achieve sustainable management of forest resources through strengthened land use planning and monitoring.
Spanning six nations and 500 million acres of land in Central Africa, the Congo Basin contains the second largest contiguous tropical rainforest in the world and is home to a wealth of biodiversity and wildlife. More than 75 million people rely on it for food, fresh water, and shelter. Global demand for the region’s forest and mineral resources is high and growing.
Nowhere is the pressure more intense than in Gabon, a nation with 80 percent of its territory covered by dense tropical forest. With resource use demands spiraling in recent years, Gabon urgently needs better forest management planning if the government is to achieve its goal of becoming an emerging economy while preserving the country’s natural resources.
WRI’s forestry team has been working in Central Africa since 2002 to help nations collect and publish accessible information on forest concessions, logging infrastructure, and protected areas, thus improving transparency and governance in the forest sector.
With assistance from WRI and World Wildlife Fund, Gabon is improving transparency and access to natural resource information by combining forestry, mining, and conservation land use data into a single, public, information atlas. Recognizing the need for vastly improved coordination between various land allocation ministries, as well as the importance of reliable, high quality information for decision-making, the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Hydrocarbons led the initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Forests. As a result, Gabon can begin to tackle conflicting land use claims and plan for comprehensive and coordinated land use allocation at the national level. In addition, industry and the public, armed with information, can participate more actively in decision-making and monitoring activities.
This multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral, and transparent approach is setting the foundation for improved land use and management in Gabon.
Hugues Bounguendzy Mouidy is the Principal Advisor for WRI in Gabon, focusing on the production of WRI’s Interactive Forest Atlases for Gabon.
Jean Sylvestre Makak is currently the assistant principal advisor for WRI’s activities in Gabon. Mr.
As the official poster for the Gabon Interactive Atlas project, this map provides an overview of current logging titles and protected areas in Gabon as of December 2008.
Cette carte montre la situation des aires protégées au Gabon en 2008. Elle differencie les parcs nationaux avec le plan d'aménagement approuvé et non approuvé.
Cette carte montre l'évolution des concessions forestières (CFAD) au Gabon de 1994 à 2008. Elle présente également les CPAET et les autres permis forestiers.
Cette carte montre l'évolution de la signature des conventions provisoires entre 1997 et 2008.
Cette carte montre des examples de permis constituant une CFAD pour ce qui du cas particulier de Rougier et CBG. Elle inclut entre autres les permis temporaires d'exploitation (PTE), les zones d'attraction du chemein de fer (ZACF) et les permis industriel (PI).