WWF's work in Minkebe

WWF Camp in Minkebe
© Michel Gunther / WWF
WWF sees Minkébé as a critical habitat for animal populations. Protected by the thick forest, the populations survive at the core of the region, and until recently have been undisturbed by human activity.

Sound land-use practices

WWF works with the government of Gabon, the private sector and communities to adopt land-use practices that ensure the forest and its wildlife can be maintained.

Large iron-ore deposit

This includes working with the Gabonese government and a Chinese mining company to mitigate the effects of the opening of a mine at the world’s second largest iron-ore deposit near Minkébé National Park.

WWF is assisting the government in managing the landscape by coordinating its efforts with local resource users: logging companies, local communities and small-scale gold miners.

Replicating a successful model

For example, in 2003, WWF brokered an agreement in which a logging concession reduced bushmeat hunting by 90 percent. WWF is working to implement the same model in other concessions in the region.

	© Michel Gunther / WWF
WWF instructor & students from the "Water & Forests" department in a degraded mangrove forest along the Ivindo river near Minkebé forest, Gabon
© Michel Gunther / WWF

A long list of activities

WWF activities in Minkebe include:
  • Setting up and maintaining the ecological research program. This records developments in biodiversity and quickly identifies threats;
  • Encouraging and helping manage protected areas, in cooperation with the government in Gabon;
  • Combating poaching in protected areas with material and technical support for anti poaching squads, who police access roads and rivers;
  • Combating poaching in logging concessions through cooperation with logging companies;
  • Supporting and technically advising on tightening up legislation related to the use of natural resources;
  • Educating and training students at the Water & Forest School;
  • Offering education on the importance of nature conservation to the local population.
  • Developing and elaborating plans for a cross-border approach, in order to create a network of protected areas across the entire region.

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