Gabon is part of the Congo Basin ecosystem, which is the second largest rainforest in the world after the Amazon. In Gabon, thousands of people depend on these wetlands to live. Especially for fishing, the main subsistence activity.
The World Bank-funded Sustainable Management of Wetlands and Critical Ecosystems Project aims to improve the protection of biodiversity in Ramsar-listed forest wetlands by developing the knowledge and expertise of the National Parks Agency And by putting in place conservation measures to manage and sustainably sustain these ecosystems. It will cover three of the nine Ramsar sites, representing 75% of the total area of the sites surveyed in Gabon.
Local communities will be able to participate in awareness-raising activities aimed at improving their farming practices and fishing techniques in order to increase their productivity and food security while preserving the wetland ecosystem.