This timeline maps ClientEarth’s work with members of society in Gabon to secure Benefit Sharing Agreements. These agreements establish fair sharing of benefits generated from forest harvesting with forest communities.
As a result of these pioneering agreements, communities can use their share of revenues for local development community projects.
The latest version of the new Gabonese draft Forest Code has been officially submitted to the Prime Minister of Gabon, Daniel Ona Ondo.
Gabon has today officially approved a step-by-step guide designed to help ensure communities share in the profits from timber harvesting in their area.
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.
ClientEarth has developed a database of main policies and laws applicable in Gabon concerning forest governance , natural resources and community rights.
We plan to update the database according to changes in the legal framework – for example, the regulatory framework around the Forest Code is currently under review. We hope the database will support Gabonese civil society by facilitating their access to information.