WWF's work in Minkebe
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.
Sound land-use practices
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.
Large iron-ore deposit
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.
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.
Replicating a successful model
A long list of activities
- 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.