Inside Raponda Walker Arboretum: Gabon’s ‘threatened’ rainforest

The Raponda Walker Arboretum is a forest that covers over 6,747 hectares. Located outside Gabonese capital Libreville, the protected area is open to the public.

But like much of the country’s forests, illegal felling of trees is still rampant here despite a forest code. It faces threats of small-scale subsistence farming, charcoal production, mining and commercial logging.

Annie Medik, is a programme coordinator for the NGO KEVA INITIATIVE: “There is a national strategy to combat illegal logg…

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