Sustainable management: legally obliged in Gabon Gabonese Legislation
The Congo basin area – Cameroon and Gabon in particular – have a modern and precise legislation in place with regard to the forestry. According to that legislation, renewable management of forests is mandatory. That legislation includes relevant technical standards for all activities related to woodcutting. That legislation stimulates the industrial development, preservation of biodiversity and protection of environment, as well as the respect for the community and the employees.
The conditions for sustainable management and sustainable utilisation of forests are documented as follows: duration of the management/ rotation (20 to 30 years), minimum tree felling diameter, low impact on exploitation, protected areas and social measures.
REMERINK GROUP partners perform their work in the forest area where renewable management plan is in place. In order to fulfill the environmental, social and economic requirements, that plan shall be valid for the period of 20 to 30 years. Such renewable forest management is based on scientific studies and advanced technologies in the field of forestry, environment and biodiversity.
The sources are:
- cartographic forest analyses (satellite images, ground surveys and known environmental information).
- a management inventory of the forest stocks (flora and fauna). The forests can be assessed on the basis of this (the bio diversity and the capability for sustainable production).
- The management inventory can take two to three years and it entails very advanced cartographic and statistical instruments.
- dendrometric and verification studies to estimate the size of the forest, the wood species and the valorisation capacity of the company.
Apart from that, it is based on social-economic studies: mapping out multiple forest areas, characterization of forest dynamics in order to adapt the woodcutting practices and the material to the forest areas (rotation, minimum cutting diameter, recovery, protection of the fauna and woodcutting with minor impact), mapping out the customary laws in place, mapping out the employees’ needs, and marking the most important zones that need urgent protection.