Central Africa’s forests have a long history of human use. Large-scale commercial logging, however, is a recent phenomenon.
This report addresses the following questions:
- How much forest has been logged and at what rate?
- What are the economic benefits of this activity and who are the beneficiaries?
- Is the market sufficiently diverse to weather fluctuations?
- What are the forest regulations and laws, and is the Gabonese government able to enforce them?
- What efforts are underway to promote longer term management of natural resources?
The key findings opf the report include:
- Gabon’s forests are rapidly being developed by the logging industry.
- Gabon’s forest industry may be vulnerable to market swings because of a lack of diversification.
- Current laws designed to manage and protect forests in Gabon have been poorly applied and enforced.
- The proposed reform of Gabon’s forestry policy provides an opportunity to help rectify these problems by setting new standards for better natural resources management.