Haut-Ogooue: The implication of local authorities in the application of the wildlife laws (Gabon)



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An organized workshop in the prefect and sub-prefect (this can refer to the chief administrator and sub-administrator) on the “implication of the chief administrators and sub-administrators of the Haut-Ogooue Province in the application of the laws relating to the sustainable management of wildlife resources,” was held yesterday, Friday, July 26, 2014, at the City Hall of the town of Franceville in the province of Haut-Ogooue.
The work was chaired by the Governor, his excellence Mr. Bertrand Moundounga, who delivered his speech after a welcome statement from the mayor of the town of Franceville.
The director of the Protection of Gorillas Project (PPG) enlightened the audience about the importance of a National Park and more precisely about the role of the project in the Bateke Plateau National Park, presenting a projection about the process of reintroducing gorillas on the island, which holds this project in the Bateke Plateau National Park.
Then a representative from the Forestry Society “Precious Wood CEB” explained strategies for the management of wildlife provided in the Forest Concession under Sustainable management (CFAD). The administration of Forestry, of the Environment, and of Natural Resources spoke to participants on some aspects of Law #016-01 on the Forest Code in the Gabonese Republic and the national strategy on the management of the Human/Wildlife conflict designed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Before the statement from the resident of the Court, Madame Federique Bitar, on the law 15.82, which establishes the regulations of weapons and munitions in the Gabonese Republic, Conservation Justice is responsible for presenting (showing / introducing) the international wildlife trafficking in the case of ivory with a focus on the sub-region.
The governor of the Haut-Ogooue Provence closed the work by counting the recommendations from this workshop:  the increased penalties in matters of water and forestry, compensation for people whose plantations are destroyed by elephants, and strict compliance with the procedure to acquire arms.
Clarification that several arrests of ivory traffickers have taken place in Haut-Ogooue over the last year with convictions more or less strong by the court.  The results obtained are certainly encouraging and generalizing.