Legality and traceability of timber from community forests in Gabon – Ogooue Ivindo Province


Kéva Initiative, with funding from the FAO-EU FLEGT programme, carried out this study within the framework of their project « Extension of the System of Community-based Verification of the Legality of Timber from Community Forests in Gabon (SVCL Gabon) ».

Figure 1, crédit Photo Caroline Duhesme

In Gabon, Community Forests (CFs) are set up to « meet the needs of local communities in order to promote harmonious and sustainable development likely to generate substantial income in order to fight against poverty.

« The allocation, management and exploitation of CF timber is governed by a legal and regulatory arsenal. Engaged in negotiations with the European Union for the signature of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA-FLEGT), Gabon has listed CF as a source of legal timber. The objective of this study is to provide an overview of the legality and traceability aspects of CF timber in Gabon. »

This study is aimed at the province of Ogooué Ivindo with 20 FC in final agreement.

Read the study (in French)