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Located in Central Africa, Gabon has some rather unique characteristics in terms of land tenure. It is indeed one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, one of the most urbanized and one of the richest in forests. Gabon's economy is mainly based on the exploitation of natural resources, notably oil, mining and timber. These activities occupy the vast majority of the territory. In 2022, Gabon was the most prosperous country in Africa with a high human development index.
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Land Area
25,767,000 ha
13,813.7 USD

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Call for applications: Africa consultancy roster

4 January 2024

Are you passionate about upholding Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IP&LC) rights and supporting the protection of forests and biodiversity and the governance of IPLC land and forests in the African continent?  

Reimagining governance of the Commons in Cameroon

2 November 2022

Among Cameroonian climate activists, there is a growing desire for the rights and voices of women, youth, and communities to be included in the decisions that affect their forests and their future.  

Gabon sets example of how to preserve the Congo Basin rainforest

31 August 2022

Gabon claims it has preserved its natural environment with satellite imagery and environment-first policies – and some industry insiders agree.



In 2021, Gabon became the first African country to be financially compensated for its ability to reduce CO2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation under the REDD+ mechanism. The country received a payment of $17 million from Norway, out of a total envelope of $150 million.

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In conversation: Rights-based approaches for forest protection initiatives

In conversation: Rights-based approaches for forest protection initiatives Diverse perspectives on the development of solid benefit sharing and community contracting Wednesday 12th May | 10:00 am – 11.30 am (BST) | Via Zoom   Register from here Initiatives aimed at tackling the climate crisis…