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Protecting the world's green lung

© Martin Harvey / WWF

Gabon's forests are renowned for their unique diversity of flora and fauna, rich in tropical hardwoods that are highly sought after around the world.

With 88% of our country covered by tropical rainforests, this makes us the second most forested country in the world.

For over 25 years, WWF-Gabon office has been supporting the Gabonese government in the sustainable management of forestry operations, the management of community forests in rural areas and the maintenance of forest ecosystems.
The Gabonese government is working to have all forest concessions FSC certified by 2022.
© WWF / James Morgan

Why is it important?

Green gold is the country's second most important resource, with a variety of species including okoumé, kevazingo and wengue. A unique biodiversity and invaluable resources threatened by the abusive and illegal exploitation of natural forests. 

Gabon's forests are home to great apes, forest elephants, and other fully protected species, threatened mainly by hunting and illegal trade. Due to rampant deforestation, these species are also at risk of losing their habitats. They are also a source of income and livelihood for local communities.
With its 22 million hectares of tropical forest, Gabon's natural heritage is highly coveted.
© WWF-Gabon

What is WWF doing?

WWF is committed to supporting the government in the implementation of sustainable forest management.

We work actively and closely with forest operators. We motivate forest concessions to become certified and to follow sustainable practices. 
We also support other concessions in forest certification (training, capacity building, law enforcement). 

Satellite monitoring is part of our conservation strategy, we are involved in the implementation of an early warning system, in partnership with AGEOS, ANPN and the Ministry of Water and Forests, which will allow us to prevent, inform and act on hazards around natural habitats.

We support local communities in planning agro-forestry activities (community planting and reforestation).