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A First Look at Logging in Gabon

Provides an overview of logging activities within Gabon's forests and summarizes Gabon's forestry law and tax system.

Key Findings

Executive Summary

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?

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