Compared to other countries in the region, deforestation rates in Gabon remain at a relatively low level. However, unsustainable commercial logging and other industrial activities threaten the environment and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. The development of agribusiness is expected to increase the rates of deforestation in the coming years.
Gabon started negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union in September 2010. Despite encouraging signs, the process appeared to have been stalling since May 2012 but negotiations are now likely to resume as the Government recently has shown renewed interest in the VPA.
In a context favourable to internal legal reforms, ClientEarth supports national civil society and works towards the development of legal tools and policies contributing to the strengthening of substantive and procedural rights for the protection of forest dependent communities and indigenous people.
Highlights of past work in Gabon:
Read the Partnership Agreement signed between the Gabonese governement and ClientEarth to improve forest governance in Gabon (document in French).
Read the Partnership Agreement signed between the Gabonese civil society and ClientEarth to improve forest governance in Gabon through legal support and enhanced synergies (document in French).