Gateway to international timbertrade

Gabon

Forest resources

According to an AfDB study conducted by FRMi in 2018, Gabon has about 22.3 million hectares of forest areas, which represents 87% of the nation's total area. Almost all of the forest area consists of primary or naturally regenerated forests.

There are three major forest types:

  1. Evergreen rainforest in the west, which has been heavily harvested, degraded and in some areas reduced to secondary forest characterized by the species Okoumé (Aucomeaklaineana), one of the most important species of the Gabonese timber sector, and Ozigo (Dacryodesbuettneri);
  2. Closed humid central Gabonese forest, covering most of the country, with many species found to similar forests found elsewhere in the region such as Azobé (Lophiraalata), Mahogany species (Entandrophragma spp. and Khaya spp.), Aiélé (Canariumschweinfurthii) and Ayous (Triplochitonscleroxylon);
  3. Semi-deciduous forest type in the northeast, characterized by trees such as Limba (Terminalia superba), Wengé (Millettialaurentii) and Ayous (Triplochitonscleroxylon).

The full 100% of the Gabonese forests is owned by the state, although the management of the forest areas can be divided into three different categories:

  1. Production forests which are managed by private concessionaires, although the management rights are exclusively administered by the state.
  2. Protection forests, which are directly managed by the state. Gabon has 13 national parks and some other protected areas, covering together approximately 12% of the country.
  3. The domaine rural, which is generally land and forest where rural communities and forest dwellers are free to exercise their customary rights, provided that they respect the conditions imposed by the forest administration.

With a low overall population density and large forest area Gabon faces a relatively low forest loss of 0.12% per year and an average degradation rate of 0.09%. The main causes for deforestation are small-scale agriculture established along roadways and urban development, while the main causes of forest degradation are industrial mining and illegal logging in opened-up areas.

Production and export

According to the August 2018 study conducted by FRM entitled "FAC-2030: a strategic vision and the industrialisation of Central Africa's timber sector through 2030", it appears that:

  • Gabon is a significant Congo Basin log producer, accounting for 23% of the region's production, behind Cameroon 44% and Congo 24%.
  • The ban on log exports has caused national production to fall from 3 million m³ in the early 2000s to 1.5/1.6 million m³ currently.

Among the species currently harvested, there are mainly 24 species: 

  • Abura (Fleroyaledermannii)
  • Acajou (KhayaivorensisetKhayaanthotheca)
  • Andoung (Monopetalanthusspp, Tetraberliniapolyphylla and Toubaouatebrevipaniculata)
  • Azobé (Lophiraalata)
  • Beli Brun andBeli Rouge (Julbernardiapellegriniana)
  • Bilinga (Naucleadiderrichii)
  • Bosséclair (GuareacedrataetGuarealaurentii)
  • Dabema (Piptadeniastrumafricanum)
  • Dibetou (Lovoatrichilioïdes)
  • Doussié (Afzeliabipindensiset A. pachyloba)
  • Iroko (Miliciaexcelsa)
  • Izombé (Testuleagabonensis)
  • Kosipo (Entandrophragmacandollei)
  • Movingui (Distemonanthusbenthamianus)
  • Niové (Staudtiaspp.)
  • Okan (Cylicodiscusgabunensis)
  • Okoumé (Aucoumeaklaineana)
  • Ovengkol (Guibourtiaehie)
  • Padouk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)
  • Sapelli (Entandrophragmacylindricum)
  • Tali (Erythrophleumivorense)
  • Tola (Gossweilerodendronbalsamiferum)
  • Zingana (Microberliniabrazzavillensis)

Okoumé is the "flagship" species of Gabon's production, accounting for over 60% of the logs produced there.

With the 2009 ban on log exports and the obligation for log producers to process their product on site, three types of operators can now be distinguished in Gabon:

  • Those that are integrated from the forest concession to the processing plant, often with a good commercial capacity for export. They produce and process almost all of their log production. They also sell logs to the other local processors;
  • Logging companies without a processing plant that only specialise in logging (logging operations alone). They are perhaps the ones that initially suffered most from the consequences of the log export ban;
  • Industrial loggers, who have their own processing plant but no forest concession. There are many of them today and this is a major regional development. They may encounter difficulties procuring logs.

The number of timber processing units has increased from 82 plants in 2009 to 162 plants in 2017/2018, or 80 plants implanted during the last 8 years. This trend has continued with the installation of additional processing units, bringing the total number to 197 units in 2020 with 70 units installed in the Nkok Special Economic Zone (SEZ). (Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) - Years 2015 to 2017, DGF cited in the August 2018 FRMi study). It should be noted that timber processing units with Asian capital have increased the most, at the expense of processing units with European capital.

The industrial players producing the largest volumes of processed timber in Gabon: in addition to the Rougier Group, two companies, CORA WOOD and PWG-CEB, each produce over 65,000 m³ of processed timber per year (2017 data). The other main timber processors have volumes of around 20,000 m³ per year. Industrial timber production increased from 600,000 m³ in 2007 to almost 800,000 m³ in 2016, an increase of almost 35%.

Industrial production in Gabon is very clearly dominated by sawn timber (accounting for over 70% of production) but Gabon stands out from the other countries of the Sub-Region thanks to its relatively significant production of plywood/veneers (Gabon is a top 5 world exporter of tropical timber veneers).

In 2009, the Gabonese government decided to completely ban log exports. This measure was implemented in 2010. Industrial production volumes exported are dominated by the sawn timber segment (over 85% of sawn timber produced in Gabon is exported).

Exports in 2019
Prior to the log export ban decision, forest product exports were clearly dominated by logs, shipped mainly to Asian countries.

After the log export ban, processed timber exports to Asian countries initially declined (from 2009 to 2010), and then export volumes gradually increased until 2013, with a period of stagnation observed from 2013 to 2014. Currently, over 40% of timber product exports are destined for China. Europe imports around 30% of industrial timber production.

In terms of logistical infrastructures, Gabon has two main ports for timber exports:

  • The port of Port-Gentil
  • The port of Owendo (near the capital, Libreville)  

The country also has sites under customs authority, which are used to transport forest products towards the port of Owendo. These are:

  • The dry port of Franceville
  • The hub in Lastourville
  • And the Nkok SEZ (a Special Economic Zone with a one-stop counter) 

Legality framework


Forest governance

The Ministry of Water, Forestry, the Sea, and the Environment, which is responsible for the Climate Plan, Sustainable Development Objectives, and the Land Use Plan, oversees the management and monitoring of Gabon's forest resources, including the attribution of forest concessions. The World Resources Institute conducts a detailed analysis of Gabon's forest concessions. Concessions can only be granted to companies with valid registrations with the economic, social and forestry authorities.

Legal rights to harvest

The Forest Code makes the management of allocated forest concessions, as well as the processing of timber, mandatory. It also provides for three types of forest permits: the forest concession under sustainable management (CFAD - Concession Forestière sous Aménagement Durable), the associated forest permit (PFA - Permis Forestier Associé), the mutual agreement permit (PGG - Permis de Gré à Gré) and the community forests.

The national forest domain includes a permanent forest domain (dedicated to the attribution of concessions and for Protected Areas) and a rural forest domain.

In the permanent forest domain, Gabon recognises two types of forest management permits, which are attributed by auction:

1) CFAD - Concession forestière sous aménagement durable (Forest concession under sustainable management), with a minimum area of 50,000 hectares and a maximum area of 200,000 hectares, whereas the total area allocated to a single holder cannot exceed 600,000 hectares.

2) PFA - Permis forestier associé (Associated forest permit), reserved exclusively for Gabonese nationals. The surface area of a PFA cannot exceed 15,000 hectares when it is integrated into a CFAD and 50,000 hectares when it is subject to management by its holder.

In the rural forest sector, there are Community Forests (FC) which are portions assigned to a village community to carry out activities or undertake dynamic processes for the sustainable management of natural resources based on a simplified management plan.

To obtain a comprehensive operating license, the applicant needs an exploration permit for an initial inventory of the concession and its maximum validity is for 12 months. With the results of this inventory, the applicant can apply for a Provisional Development –Operating– Processing Agreement (CPAET: Convention provisoire d’aménagement – exploitation – transformation) (as ofearly 2020, this represents: 1,504,686 ha), with a maximum validity of 3 years. During this period, the concessionaire has the right to benefit from three Provisional Annual Allowable Cuts (AACp - Assiettes Annuelles de Coupe provisoire), representing a maximum of 10% of the concession's total surface area. The management of each AACp is covered by an Annual Operating Plan.

During these three years, the concessionaire must prepare a management plan, which must be approved by the forest authorities. When the Management Plan is approved, a decree by the Prime Minister establishing the Forest Concession under Sustainable Management (CFAD - Concession Forestière sous Aménagement Durable) (representing 13,299,456 ha in 2020) is published.

All processing and manufacturing companies must have the appropriate licenses and permits to process timber and they need an industrialisation plan approved by the forest authorities. Mill inputs and outputs must be recorded in the quarterly reports on logs received, and forestry companies involved in logging and timber processing must maintain quarterly and annual records for the forest administration.

Although the Forest Code provides for a log processing rate of at least 75%, this rate is now 100% as a result of the decision to ban the export of timber in the form of logs. This decision was made by the Gabonese Head of State during the Council of Ministers on 5 November 2009 and fully implemented as of 15 May 2010.

Taxes and fees

The General Tax Code (CGI - Code Général des Impôts), which brings together all of the texts relating to taxation, consists of five books:
i. Taxes on profits and income;
ii. Taxes on turnover;
iii. Miscellaneous taxes and duties;
iv. Registration and stamp duties;
v. Taxation procedures common to books 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The timber sector is taken into account in book 3 on "Miscellaneous taxes and duties", of which section 3 deals with "Specific taxes". This 3rd book consists of four sections: Section one: Business taxes; Section two: Property taxes; Section three: Specific taxes; Section four: Flat-rate housing tax.

In the 3rd section, one of the chapters deals with forestry taxation specific to timber resources. The forestry law provides for taxes and duties for the attribution, possession, renewal and transfer of any title for the exploitation, processing, marketing and export of timber products. These include in particular:

  • The felling tax
  • The surface area tax
  • The renewal tax
  • The transfer tax
  • The tax on processing by saw with a chainsaw
  • The exit taxes
  • The farm tax
  • Forest charges

The rate and basis for the assessment of duties, fees and taxes are determined by the finance law (adopted annually). 

Timber harvesting activities

The management plan should cover a 20-30 year rotation, and allow the forest to be divided into 4, 5 or 6 Forest Management Units (FMUs). The management plan specifies parameters such as the cutting rotation, silvicultural treatments, the list of species authorised for harvest and the minimum harvest diameter for each species.

Each of the FMUs requires a management plan, establishing a subdivision into Annual Allowable Cuts (AACs). For each allowable cut, a full operational inventory of the managed species must be carried out and enable the drafting of an Annual Operations Plan (PAO - Plan Annuel d’Opérations). The PAO specifies the surface area that is harvested annually, the species, the number of trees and the gross volumes that can be harvested in this area.

Prior to issuing the AAC authorisation to operate, a set of documents must be approved by the provincial forest administration authorities, including the AAC's annual operating plan (PAO) and the observational report of the opening of the AAC boundaries. Indeed, the concessionaire opens the AAC boundaries, carries out a logging inventory and submits the AAC PAO plan to the decentralised Water and Forestry departments. The Forest Administration analyses the PAO, and carries out a field mission to check whether the boundaries have indeed been opened and draws up a report on the opening of these AAC boundaries.

An allowable cut block can be opened over a period of up to three years. At the end of this period, or rather if the concessionaire so wishes, an AAC closure report must be provided to the administration containing all ofthe data relating to this AAC (production, sales, social activity, etc.). After a check, the administration issues an AAC closure report. It is then forbidden to operate in this cut area until the next rotation.

A Site Register is filled in for the annual harvest, specifying details on the harvested logs, such as the species, their ID number, their volume, the number of logs shaped and their dimensions and other relevant details. All the harvested logs and the corresponding stumps must bear a unique ascending number and an imprint of the company's log stamp hammer. The hammer's mark is specific to the company and registered with the forest administration and judicial authorities. Each shaped log must bear an ID number including the ID number of the initial log, in order to facilitate identification during transport. The concessionaire must provide the administration with a quarterly statement of production and inventories (in practice, loggers prepare monthly statements).

At the end of each calendar year, the concessionaire must produce an annual production report that includes all monthly data.

With regard to environmental protection, we should mention three elements:

  • The obligation to comply with the Low-Impact Operating Rules in all concessions;
  • The obligation to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIE - Étude d’Impact Environnementale) if the Forest Management Unit to be opened covers part of a buffer zone of a Reserve or Natural Park, or when setting up a timber processing plant;
  • The obligation to establish and adhere to a Wildlife Protection Plan (PPF - Plan de Protection de la Faune), which makes it possible to define, programme and control the actions to be implemented to ensure effective wildlife protection.
Third parties' rights

In order for the local populations to reap benefits from the operation, the concessionaire is required to sign a Contractual Bill of Specifications (CCC - Cahier des Charges Contractuelles) one year after operations have started. This is a contract signed between the forest concessionaire, the village communities, the local communities and the forest administration, which determines the rules for sharing the profits from logging with the relevant communities and outlines the commitments of the concessionaire and the communities regarding the provision/use of this Fund. A Project Management and Follow-Up Committee (CGSP - Comité de Gestion et de Suivi des Projets) is established in order to conduct negotiations between villages to establish their farming area map, and then to establish the terms for the distribution of the Local Development Fund (FDL - Fonds de Développement Local), which is funded by the concessionaire (up to 800 CFA francs/m³ harvested during the previous year). The CGSP meets regularly to select the projects that will benefit from the funds and the implementation of these projects.

With regard to the management of Community Forests (FC - Forêts Communautaires), the population of a village or group of villages creates a legal management entity, often in the form of a village association. The latter submits a request to the local forest authorities for the creation of a Community Forest. Information meetings must be held, including participatory mapping of the relevant area. The entire population needs to understand the process, especially the women, the youths and the minority ethnic groups. A Provisional Convention is signed (in early 2020: 51 final conventions, 40 provisional conventions and 1 association per convention). An FC Management Plan can then be prepared with the assistance of the forest authorities. This includes the division of the forest to be harvested into 4 blocks (harvestable for 5 years each) and the results of a full inventory of the first block. Once this Management Plan is approved, a Definitive Management Agreement for the FC is signed. The Management Plan includes the map of the areas to be harvested and those pertaining to other uses, the list of inventoried species, the number of trees and their diameters. The Management Plan can include management rules for activities other than logging.

Trade and transport

The log transport documents must be completed before leaving the harvesting site and must be kept during transport. These documents enable the origin of the logs to be traced back to the harvesting site and they match those in the site register.

The delivery of logs to processing plants or other points of sale is accounted for in the quarterly statements to forest authorities.

Key documents

The below listed key documents are based on the applicable legislation and are considered to play a key role in demonstrating legal origin. An overview of applicable legislation and its scope is accessible here (Forest Legality Initiative).

Harvesting

Convention provisoire d’aménagement – exploitation – transformation
Le Ministère des Eaux, de la Forêt, de la Mer, de l’Environnement, chargé du Plan Climat, des Objectifs de Développement Durable et du Plan d’Affectation des Terres (MEFME) et Direction Générale des Forêts (DGF).
Provisional agreement for management - exploitation – transformation with a maximum validity of 3 years. During this period, the logging company is authorised to conduct 3 Provisional Annual Allowable Cuts (AACp) with a total surface area of 1/10th of the area of the massif to be developed. The AACp must be demarcated and verifiable by the Forest Administration. Its management is subject to the approval of a PAO (see below).
Autorisation de mise en exploitation
Direction Provinciale des Eaux et Forêts
This is the authorization that the devolved Administration gives to the operator to operate its Annual harvesting license (Assiette annuelle de coupe -AAC). The operation of the AAC is valid for 3 years.
Agrément professionnel
Direction Générale des Forêts (DGF) et Direction Générale des Industries, du Commerce du Bois et de la Valorisation des Produits Forestiers (DGICBVPF).
Any natural or legal person wishing to engage in logging or the sale of wood in the form of logs applies to the DGF for a Professional Approval and any person wishing to process wood or sell processed products also applies to the DGICBVPF for a Professional Approval.
Quittance de paiement de la taxe de superficie
Direction Générale des Impôts du Gabon
The Area Tax is paid for a whole year (no later than 31 March) at the rate of 400 F CFA/hectare. The Tax also applies to concessions which are temporarily closed to exploitation.
Quittance paiement de la Redevance de surveillance
l’Agence gabonaise d’études et d’observations spatiales (AGEOS) et Services du Trésors du Gabon.
A surveillance fee of a maximum amount of FCFA 300 per hectare per year, calculated on the basis of the surface area of the title held by the operator, was introduced in Law No. 021/2017 of 26 January 2018, also known as the 2018 Finance Law. To date, discussions are underway between AGEOS and the private sector to arrive at a rate of 300 F CFA/ha rather on the area of the Annual harvesting license (Assiette annuelle de coupe -AAC) in operation.
Declaration des Taxes Forestieres : Taxe d’Abattage à l'exportation
Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits Indirects
The felling tax is paid by forest permit holders or not, engaged in a logging activity through the felling of trees, processed or semi-processed products and intended for export. The rate is 1.5% for processed or semi-processed products intended for export.
Management plan
Le Ministère des Eaux, de la Forêt, de la Mer, de l’Environnement, chargé du Plan Climat, des Objectifs de Développement Durable et du Plan d’Affectation des Terres (MEFMECPCODDPAT) et Direction Générale des Forêts (DGF).
Demonstrates approval of the management plan of the concession.
Plan de Gestion (PG)
Direction Générale des Forêts
The PG is a regulatory document that specifies the planning of activities to be conducted over a 5-year period. It is drafted in accordance with the MOA. The PG is validated by the DGF.
Plan Annuel d’Opération (PAO)
Direction Provinciale des Eaux et Forêts
The PAO is a regulatory document that specifies the planning of activities to be conducted on an Annual harvesting license ( AAC). It is written in accordance with the AP and the PG. The AAC is validated by the Provincial Directorate.
Carnet de chantier
Direction Provinciale ou Chef de Cantonnement des Eaux et Forêts
Field book in which the harvested trees are recorded by the harvesting company, following a specified format of the forest authorities.
Bordereau de roulage ou transport
Provincial forestry authorities
Transport document on which the transported logs are recorded following a specified format of the forest authorities. The details on this document shall correspond with the details in the field book.
Certificat de conformité du Plan d’Industrialisation
Direction Générale des Industries, du Commerce du Bois et de la Valorisation des Produits Forestiers (DGICBVPF).
The Industrialization Plan (IP) is drawn up for processing units that wish to set up. It is filed with the DGICBVPF and approved through the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance of the IP.
Certificat de conformité du Plan de Développement Industriel (PDI)
Direction Générale des Industries, du Commerce du Bois et de la Valorisation des Produits Forestiers (DGICBVPF)
The PDI is developed for processing units that already exist in the field and seeks to be in good standing with the Forest Administration. The PDI is filed with the DGICBVPF and approved through the issuance of a PDI certificate of compliance.
Spécification
Forestry authorities at ports and provincial services
The purchase or sale of logs shall be subject to the presentation of a specification sheet endorsed by the forest authority of the area concerned by the purchase or sale of forest products.
Permis d’exportation (Permis CITES)
AgenceNationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN), la Direction Générale des Industries, du Commerce du Bois et de la Valorisation des Produits Forestiers (DGICBVPF) du Ministère des Eaux, de la Forêt, de la Mer, de l’Environnement, chargé du Plan Climat, des Objectifs de Développement Durable et du Plan d’Affectation des Terres (MEFMECPCODDPAT)
For the issuance of a CITES permit, the ANPN plays the role of Scientific Authority, in the sense that it gives the favourable opinion for the issuance of the CITES permit. The Ministry plays the role of management body, i.e. it establishes and issues the CITES permit to the operator who wishes to export the forest product classified in Appendix II of the CITES Convention. In the case of forest species, this is the responsibility of the DGICBVPF.
Plan de Protection de la Faune (PPF)
La Direction Générale de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (DGFAP)
The PPF is a reference document designed to provide a framework for wildlife protection in forestry, agro-industrial, mining and oil concessions. It enables the definition, programming and monitoring of actions to be implemented to ensure effective wildlife protection. For the logging company, the FPP is therefore an indispensable strategic and operational tool for ensuring its long-term sustainable forest management responsibilities. Validation of the PPF leads to the obtaining of a certificate of conformity for wildlife protection issued by the DGFAP.
Etude d’Impact Environnemental (EIE)
La Direction Générale de l’Environnement (DGE)
The EIE is a document that presents the results of the assessment of the direct and indirect impacts of a project on the ecological balance, quality of life and living environment of the populations living in the project area and adjacent areas. The validation of the EIE leads to the obtaining of a certificate of conformity of the EIE issued by delegation to the DGFAP.

Bans and quota

Gabon has an export ban on logs and roundwood since 15 May 2010.

Cites and protected species

In Gabon, there is currently one type of wood listed in Appendix II of CITES, namely Kévazingo (Bubinga), of which 3 species are listed (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana and Guibourtia tessmannii). The export of this species is subject to additional CITES requirements. However, since the end of 2015 the exploitation of these species has been prohibited (Decree No. 347/MPERNFM/CAB and Decree No. 00099/PR/MFE).

The following 4 species are listed as protected from exploitation since January 1st, 2009 for a period of 25 years (decree n°0137/PR/MEFEPA):

  • Afo (Pogaoleosa)
  • Andok (Irvingiagabonensis)
  • Douka, Makoré (Tieghemellaafricana)
  • Moabi (Baillonnellatoxisperma)

Decree no. 350/PR/MPERNFM of 7 June 2016 outlines the conditions in which Ozigo can be harvested.

National action on timber legality

Gabon is negotiating a VPA with the EU, and negotiations started in September 2010.The new Minister, Mr. Lee White, has recently expressed interest in resuming VPA/FLEGT negotiations with the EU through a letter to the EU dated December 2019.

The draft Forest Code that had been submitted to the National Assembly for consideration was withdrawn by the current Minister to take into account the new concerns, namely:

  • Environmental issues
  • Sea fishing issues

Third party certification

In 2019, Gabon's President announced that all logging concessions must be certified by 2022. Any concessionaire not engaged in a certification process by that date could lose its logging rights.

Private sustainable management certification
FSC - 2,062,190 ha
PAFC (PEFC) - 596,822 ha

Private legality+ certification
FSC CW/FM - 235,593 ha
OLB (BVç) - 0 ha
LS (Nepcon) - 321,428 ha
TLV (CU) - 431,528 ha

Contacts

Ministère des eaux, des forêts, de la mer, de l'environnement, charge du plan climat, des objectifs de developpement durable et du plan d'affectation des terres (MEFMECPCODDPAT)
Boulevard Triomphal Omar BONGO ONDIMBA
B.P 199
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 01 76 13 81
The ministry responsible for the management and monitoring of Gabon’s forest resources.
L'Agence d'execution des activités de la filiere foret bois (AEAFFB)
B.P. 36 665
Quartier Bas de GuéGué (Immeuble IVALA)
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 01 77 07.26
Under the supervision of the Ministry of Forests, the mission of the Agency for the Implementation of Forest-Timber Sector Activities (AEAFFB) is to contribute to the promotion of forest-timber sector activities by providing technical support and advice, particularly in terms of forest management inventory, approvals, certification, the traceability of forest products and economic, political and strategic intelligence.

The Agency is a public entity with an administrative nature, with a Board of Directors and a Chairman of the Board. It benefits from financial and administrative management autonomy.
L’Agence nationale des parcs nationaux (ANPN)
Mr. Christian TCHEMAMBELA
Secrétaire exécutif par intérim
B.P. 20 379
Quartier SANTA CLARA
Base aérienne
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 (0) 77 67 68 88 / +241 (0) 66 59 17 52
Created in 2002, the ANPN is the body in charge of the management of Gabon's 13 national parks. As such, its mission is to:
- Ensure the preservation of national parks and their natural resources;
- To work towards the efficient development of the national park network;
- To promote the national parks and their resources.
Projet controle de l'aménagement forestier (PROJET CAF)
Mr David INGUEZA
Coordinateur
B.P. 12 278
Quartier Bas de Gué Gué (Immeuble IVALA)
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 01 44 25 82
Under the supervision of the General Directorate of Forestry, the CAF project is funded within the framework of the debt conversion agreement (DCA) between France and Gabon. It has a 5-year duration (August 2014, date of the first fund payment, August 2019).

The objectives of the project are to:

- Reinforcematerial means (infrastructures, equipment) for the Ministry of Forests (MEF) to inspect theforests;
- Reinforce the technical capabilities of the MEF and its decentraliseddepartments in terms of forest inspections (implementation of tools, training);
- Provide independent proof of the effectiveness and quality of the inspections carried out by the MEF.
Projet appui à la filiere foret bois (PAFFB)
Mme Nathalie NYARE
Coordinatrice
Quartier Batterie IV, Impasse Jean Rémi AYOUNE, entre le Collège René Descartes et l’Ecole Jean de la Fontaine
Tel: +241 11 73 37 65
cp.paffb@gmail.com / paffb241@gmail.com
Under the supervision of the AEAFFB (Agence d'Exécution des Activités de la Filière Forêt Bois - Implementing Agency for Forest and Timber Sector Activities), the PAFFB (Support to the Wood Forest Sector Project) is funded within the framework of the debt conversion agreement (ACD) between France and Gabon. The project has a five-year duration and aims to:

- Create a public/private consultation framework to better manage changes or mutations;
- Create the Maison du Bois (House of Timber), an appropriate consultation framework for sector stakeholders, and promote lesser-known species as well as timber products and derivatives;
- Support the forest-timber sector and forestry and/or timber processing companies according to their activity sectors.
L’École nationale des eaux et forêts (ENEF)
B.P. 3960, Commune d’Akanda, Cap Estérias


Tel: +241 07 19 82 32
The École Nationale des Forêts (ENEF) is a sub-regional training institution for the forest-timber-environment sector that is aimed at the rational and sustainable management of forest, wildlife, fish and aquaculture resources. Created in 1953, it offers training linked to the Bachelor-Master-Doctorate system.
The school is located at Cap Esterias, approximately 30 kilometres from Libreville.
Pan-African Forest Certification (PAFC) Gabon
Mme Rose ONDO
Présidente
B.P. 17.064
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: + 241 067 040 68 / 02.70.96.92 / 04.49.63.22
PAFC Gabon is a national certification standard that is endorsed internationally by the PEFC. Indeed, PAFC Gabon was recognised by the PEFC in 2009 and in 2013.

There are two types of certification under the PAFC Gabon label, namely:

- Sustainable forest management certification
- Chain of custody certification

Sustainable forest management certification attests to compliance with the environmental, societal and economic functions of forest management. It guarantees the enforcement of rules defined by all forest stakeholders (owners, loggers and forestry contractors). PAFC Gabon has developed a guide for the interpretation of the sustainable forest management standard.

PAFC chain of custody certification is issued to companies by an independent certification body. It consists in following certified timber from the forest, and throughout the processing and marketing chain, with the result being PAFC-certified finished product.
WWF - Regional Office for Africa
Gabon Country Office
Yaounde Hub
Gabon Country Office
Montée de Louis
BP 9144



Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 01 73 00 28
The World Wildlife Fund runs programs in Gabon with regard to forestry.
BRAINFOREST
Quartier Ambowé,
B.P. 23 749


Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 07 97 84 25
Brainforest is a Gabonese NGO working on a variety of forest issues.
WCS GABON
BP 7847 Battery IV, seated CIMA
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 44 40 39
The Wildlife Conservation Society has been working in Gabon since 1985.
Union des forestiers et industriels du bois du Gabon (UFIGA)
Mme Françoise van de Ven
Délégué général
BP 12 595
Immeuble Horizon, Boulevard Omar Bongo Ondimba Sainte Marie
Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 06 71 47.19
UFIGA is a professional union that defends the economic, material and moral interests of its members who are active in forestry and who have industrialised and managed their forest concessions.
Union Forestière des Industries Asiatiques au Gabon (UFIAG)
Mr Pierre LUO
Secrétaire Général
UFIAG is a professional union that defends the economic, material and moral interests of Asian logging companies.
Syndicat des Industriels Aménagistes Gabonais (SIAG)
Mr Franck CHAMBRIER
Secrétaire Général
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The SIAG's main areas of interest are:

- Increasing and promoting the presence of Gabonese economic operators within the sector.
- Defending the interests of small and medium-sized companies in terms of forestry and industrialization issues.
- Establishing partnerships with the administration's technical departments.
- Analysing and disseminating information on the development of new international markets through our respective companies.
Fédération Gabonaise Bois, Sciage et Placage (FGBSP)
Mr Dieudonné MOUSSAVOU / Mme Lidwine IROMBA
Président / Secrétaire Général



Tel: +241 07 88 86 53 / +241 07 37 94 95 +241 07 70 78 93 / +241 06 80 81 26
federationgabonboisp@gmail.com / irombacom@gmail.comou / irocomagence@gmail.com
The FGBSP defends the interests of local operators specialising in the timber trades. This federation is made up of small and medium-sized companies as well as very small companies.
Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) in Gabon
The Management Body
For forest species: the General Directorate of Industries, Timber Trade and the Promotion of Forest Products (DGICBVPF) of the Ministry of Forests.
Managing Director: Mr Auguste NDOUNA ANGO
BP: 775 Libreville Gabon, Boulevard Omar BONGO ONDIMBA, Sainte Marie

For plants and wildlife: the General Directorate of Fauna and Protected Areas (DGFAP) of the Ministry of Forests.
Managing Director: Mr Lucien MASSOUKOU
BP : 775 Libreville Gabon, Boulevard Omar BONGO ONDIMBA, Sainte Marie
Libreville, Gabon
Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) in Gabon
The Scientific Authority / The National Parks Agency
Dr Aurélie Flore KOUMBA PAMBO
Scientific Advisor
BP : 20 379
Quartier HAUT DE GUE GUE

Libreville, Gabon
Tel: +241 (0)77 52 76 23
science@parcsgabon.ga / scienceparcgabon@gmail.com

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