Decades of isolation in Gabon have helped preserve nature and the wildlife it supports. But the expansion of global trade and the threat of deforestation looms large and poses an imminent danger to Gabon’s primates in particular. Local community engagement is creating a strong foundation for the conservation of nature in this pristine country.
Pristine shorelines and remote forests are the reason why Gabon has some of the highest wildlife density in the world. Nature is the home of wildlife; without it, species vanish. The challenge now for Gabon is keeping it that way. Efforts to encourage the national government to support new conservation projects are yielding important first steps that must be followed up with sustained action. Using the power of local community engagement, Gabon has the potential to remain an important conservation success story.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Sometimes referred to as “Africa’s last Eden,” this protected area includes a pristine lagoon system and is frequently visited by humpback and killer whales.
Forest elephants and gorillas abound in this park in which nature is increasingly jeopardized by logging and the construction of industrial infrastructure.
This park is divided in two by the Mpassa river, an important riparian habitat for migratory birds, hundreds of thousands of which visit annually.