The Gamba Complex of Protected Areas
Situated in the south-western part of Gabon, the Gamba Complex extends over a total area of 11,000km².
The conservation value of the Complex has been recognized since 1962 through the protection of 8 different areas. Two of the 13 recently created national parks in Gabon are now located in the Complex: Loango National Park (1,500km²) in the Northwest, and Moukalaba-Doudou National Park (5,000km²) in the eastern part.
A jewel which must be preserved
The Complex is considered one of the best-preserved landscapes of its kind in Central Africa. It is now part of the "Gamba-Conkouati" trans-boundary forest landscape. This was selected as one of the 11 key landscapes that form the focus of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP- www.cbfp.org), launched during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002.
This landscape, which covers 53,290 km², and is an important part of the Atlantic Equatorial Coastal Forest Ecoregion, has been categorized as one of WWF's Global ecoregions. It straddles 3 ecoregions: the Atlantic Equatorial Forest (central and eastern areas); Western Congolian Savannah-Forest Mosaic Ecoregion (in the south and in the lagoon areas) and, the typical Guinean-Congolian Coastal Mangroves (along the Atlantic coast).Since 1992, together with the Ministry of Waters and Forests (MEF), WWF has been actively involved in the management of the Gamba Complex.
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