• Valorisation durable des ressources naturelles

Support for rural communities in the Gamba Protected Areas Complex in the sustainable management of their natural resources

ICON/BTN/arrow/2/arrow-down Created with Sketch. Support for rural communities in the Gamba Protected Areas Complex in the sustainable management of their natural resources
  • Bénéficiaire IBONGA
  • Montant du projet € 88 890
  • Subventions FFEM € 33 000
  • État du projet achevé

The project is located in the Gamba Protected Areas Complex (11,320 km2), which includes the Loango (153,000ha) and Moukalaba – Doudou (502,000ha) National Parks. Along 200 km of coastline, a mosaic of coastal plains, humid equatorial forests, lakes and lagoons make up a unique landscape rich in endemisms and flagship species (elephants, hippos, monkeys, sea turtles, etc.) and sparsely populated.

 

In this area, with the support of WWF, Ibonga carried out with satisfactory results two PPI 1 (period from 2006 to 2010) which had for object environmental education campaigns, the structuring of the tourist reception in Sette Cama and the development of craftsmanship in a hut called Mafubu where objects sold to tourists passing through the town of Gamba are displayed.

 

Ibonga is part of the network of associations called “Partnership for Gabonese Marine Turtles” set up by WCS thanks to which, after the Protomac program funded by ECOFAC, it has been able to monitor these species since 2002: as a information, around Gamba on 2 sites with 30 km of coastline, between 2012 and 2013 we observed 379 turtles, while during the first three months of the 2013-2014 season we have already observed 424, which shows the important stake in terms of conservation.

 

The population, with no job prospects in the declining oil industry, is turning to economic activities such as poaching and illegal fishing, hence Ibonga’s determination to continue his awareness-raising activities, research on turtles and the promotion of crafts that can help protect these fragile and unique ecosystems.