We are encouraged to read recent comments by Greenpeace that it is willing to engage Northern communities, workers, First Nations and governments in finding long-term sustainable solutions for the boreal. Clearly, Greenpeace has heard the voices of the people of the boreal. Resolute has been consistent on the need for inclusive discussions, negotiations, and compromise solutions, developed in collaboration with governments, communities, workers and First Nations that lead to the most sustainable outcomes. And we welcome this change of heart by Greenpeace.
This is the first FSC forest management certificate in Gabon since 2014 and an important milestone for Gabon´s ambition to have all their forest concessions certified by 2025. With this certificate, the total area of natural forest responsibly managed in the country under FSC certification reaches 2,241,051 hectares.
The company’s operations are located in the town of Moanda and supplies certified logs to processing industries established in the Nkok Special Economic Zone, a 1126-hectare multi-sectoral industrial park located 27 km from Libreville.
The Ogooué concession covers 179,861 hectares of forests, including 25 996 hectares of strictly conservation area. The concession includes about 309 inventoried tree species and iconic and threatened mammalian species such as elephants, chimpanzees and gorillas.
There are now more than 5.5 million hectares of FSC certified forest in three countries of the Congo Basin: Cameroon (341,708 ha), Gabon (2,241,051 ha) and the Republic of Congo (2,989,168 ha).