Findings from the CAFI mission in Gabon

Posted on March 30, 2017 10:19:00 AM

The centrality of a National Land Use Plan for the country to achieve sustainable development is highlighted


The objective of the CAFI mission to Gabon, held 21-24 march 2017, was to continue the dialogue with the Government of Gabon on : 

  1. its vision and ambition regarding the country's economic development and its compatibility with preserving forest resources  
  2. technical elements of the submission of its national investment framework

, in order to inform the decision of the CAFI Executive Board on the nature of the CAFI - Gabon partnership.  

Main conclusions   

A shared, joint and consensual vision of the structural importance of a National Land Use Plan for the country's sustainable development

Each of the authorities met by the mission, as well as the private sector and civil society, underligned this point and the government's priority in conducting this reform, in order to reach its ambitious objective of a 50% reduction in greeenhouse gases compared to 2005 (Nationally Determined Contribution), of which 92% originate from the LULUCF sector (2nd National Communication).

This Plan will enable the Government to specify its objectives for the allocation and optimization of the use of its land, with the force of law. A key land-use principle underlying the development of the PNAT is to exclude the conversion of primary forests, High Conservation Value (HCV) forests, and high carbon stock (HCS) forests.The Ministry of Agriculture with the Climate Council and the National Agency for the Protection of Nature are currently revising a policy on "Managing the environmental and social impacts of palm oil production in Gabon". In addition, the Government regards the PNAT as an instrument for improving and strengthening governance, as it contributes to making publically available all permits and to define criteria for land use, clarify tenure and prevent potential conflicts.  


High level leadership and aligned commitment   

With vigorous support from the Office of the President, the Government intends to treat the conduct of this reform as a priority and an urgent matter, in order to address multiple issues related to economic  diversification, governance, land tenure, including domestic and security considerations

The Government of Gabon anchors its climate commitments within the framework of NDC under the Climate Convention, goals which it sets in terms of emission reductions excluding carbon storage in biomass. Its commitments, albeit ambitious, are not conditional on the support of the international community. Although the LULUCF sector accounts for more than 90 per cent of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions, these are chiefly attributable (88 per cent) to forest degradation with the remainder accounted for by emissions due to deforestation. The PNAT is included in the country's NDC as the only policy and flagship measure still to be implemented if the country is to achieve its emission reduction targets set at 50 per cent compared to 2005 over the period 2010-2025 (average LULUCF sector reduction of 45 MtCO2/year).


Importance of the strategic partnership with CAFI   

During the mission, the Government has underlined that the partnership with CAFI is of strategic interest in two respects:  

  • CAFI as a catalyst for reform: The international community can support the Government in its drive to undertake this ambitious, complex land-use planning reform within the short time-frames the authorities wish to set for themselves 
  • CAFI as a mechanism for exchange, dialogue, and sharing of experiences on the conduct of land-use reforms and planning at both national (mobilize international technical assistance) and regional (border countries) levels.  




  • France : Mr Laurent Deniau, Regional Advisor, Forest and Environment, Central Africa, French Embassy
  • South Korea : Mr Sung-Ho KONG, 2nd Secretary, South Korea Embassy
  • European union : Mr Diego Zurdo, 1st Secretary, Chef de section Ress. Naturelles et infrastructures ; Mrs Denise Molica (Attachée) et Mr Nicola Franceschetti (Attaché).
  • Norway: Mrs Hilde Dahl, regional Advisor Climate and Forest, Norwegian Embassy in DRC
  • CAFI Secretariat : Mrs Berta Pesti, Head ; Mrs Leslie Ouarzazi, Advisor

People met during the mission


  • S.E.M le Ministre des Affaires Présidentielles et de la Défense Nationale, Mr Etienne Massard
  • S.E.M le Ministre délégué en charge de l’Economie, Prospective et Programmation du Développement, Mr Noel Mboumba
  • S.E.M la Ministre en charge de l’Economie Forestière et de l’Environnement, Mme Estelle Ondo
  • Directeur de Cabinet du Ministère de l’Agriculture, Mr Jean René Nzamba Mombo
  • Conseiller Spécial auprès du Président, Conseil National Climat, Mr Jean Pierre Boussougou
  • Conseiller Spécial auprès du Président, Directeur de Cabinet du Secrétaire Général de la Présidence, Mr Dieudonné Munzangala Munziewu
  • Mr Ludovic Ngok Banak, Conseiller, Ministère de l’Economie, Prospective et Programmation du Développement
  • Mr Lee White, Secrétaire Exécutif, Agence Nationale de la Protection de la Nature (ANPN)
  • Mme Anne Marie Ndong Obiang, Directeur Scientifique, ANPN
  • Mr Tanguy Gahouma Bekale, Secrétaire Permanent du Conseil National Climat et Directeur de l’Agence gabonaise d’étude et d’observation spatiale (AGEOS)
  • Mme Nicole Charbonnier, Attachée Cabinet Présidence de la république et Responsable du Patrimoine, AGEOS
  • Mr Ghislain Moussaou, Directeur Scientifique, AGEOS


  • Agence Francaise de Développement : Mr Jean François Cornu, Chef de mission ; Mr Henry Du Peron de Revel, Chargé forêt et agriculture
  • OLAM : Mr Gagan Gupta, Président, Olam Gabon
  • Croissance Saine Environnement : Nicaise Mouloumbi, Président et autres membres de CSE et une dizaine de représentants d’ONG (Brainforest, Union des coopératives de la Bemboué, Afrique Sans frontière, Observatoire ODDIG, etc)

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