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Gabon's Rainforest


Gabon's Forests


Gabon is in Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

The Resouce:

"This heavily forested nation has a tremendous amount of biological diversity and serves as an important sanctuary for many animal species. Gabon has numerous endemic species and vast tracts of pristine rainforest which make up almost 40% of the country's rainforests." - Rhett A. Butler

Cause of Problem:

"country still lacks adequate legislation to prevent overexploitation of rainforests and to regulate logging concessions." - Rhett A. Butler

Other Environmental Issues:

"deforestation; poaching." - CIA

Rhett A. Butler's Assessment :

"Despite current economic problems, Gabon has a higher standard of living than most sub-Sahara Africa. The world oil glut of 1998-1999 combined with the steep decline in Asian demand for timber products has struck a serious blow to the economy." Read More

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