In Gabon, where 85% of the country is covered with forests and strict new rules in 2001 were put in place to protect against deforestation. Both domestic and foreign foresters must manage and work the forests in a sustainable manner. The law requires each forestry permit holder to draw up a management plan to protect and provide regrowth to the forests.
In addition to its magnificent terrestrial forests, Gabon also possesses extensive areas of mangrove. It’s a fragile ecosystem, and its rapid deterioration is a major concern. The Gabonese government’s intentions are clear, but a lack of resources means the rules are not respected across the board. The future of Gabon depends on respecting the forests and every effort is being made to protect their most precious resource.