Deforestation-free economic growth plan for Gabon

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The Government of Gabon and the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) have agreed an US$18 million plan to protect the country’s forests and accelerate the fight against climate change.

This plan will enable Gabon to meet its ambitious objective to develop agriculture - needed for both food security and economic diversification - while ensuring that forests are not converted to agriculture. The first task to be undertaken will be a national land-use plan, considered the missing piece for the country to achieve its climate change target while developing sustainably.

This agreement between Gabon and CAFI paves the way for deforestation-free economic growth said Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

Forestry Department shake-up in Gabon

Reports from Gabon are indicating that the Forestry Minister has dismissed several senior executives including her cabinet secretary and both the Director of the Forestry Department and the Director General of Industry. This, it is rumoured, is related to irregularities in export shipments of large volumes of bubinga/kevazingo.

For months there have been rumours that some companies have been shipping bubinga/kevazingo slabs without complying with the requirements for in-country investment in added value processing.

Those producers in Gabon that have been compliant with the investment regulations are said to be supportive of the Minister’s actions and of the requirement for special authorisation of bubinga/kevazingo exports.

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