We’re supporting people and forests in Gabon.

Gabon is home to some of the world’s richest forests – it protects hundreds of endemic species, stores millions of tonnes of carbon and provides many local communities with their basic needs and livelihoods.

We began working in Gabon in 2012 in collaboration with national civil society organisations to help design the provisions governing benefit sharing, community forestry.

2710

million metric tons of carbon are stored in Gabon’s forests.

84.5%

of Gabon is forest - roughly the size of the UK - over half of which is primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon dense form of forest. Deforestation is low and mainly driven by large-scale and export-oriented agriculture.

What we do

In 2001 Gabon revised its forest laws and recognised the rights of local communities over the forests they depend on. But by March 2018, just 1% of Gabon’s forests were being effectively managed by communities.

We work with local partners to advise, train and support local forests communities on their rights to forest land. We also support local organisations and NGOs by providing access to information on forest governance, natural resource and community rights in Gabon.

Gabon Law Database

ClientEarth has developed a database of main policies and laws applicable in Gabon concerning forest governance, natural resources and community rights.

In Gabon, the conservation of forests is deeply rooted into communities’ traditional way of life. And no conservation can be attained without the inclusion and ownership of local forest-dependent communities.
Patricia Iacob, ClientEarth law and policy advisor