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Gabon Vertâ€™ â€” Green Gabon â€” is one of three pillars on which â€˜Gabon Emergentâ€™ is to be built. With 85 per cent of the country covered in tropical rainforests and more FSC certified forestry operations than the entire Amazon, Gabon is fast becoming a model of sound natural resource management.
Gabon became aware of its exceptional heritage very early on and undertook a vast conservation programme to preserve its forests, flora and fauna, anticipating the goals of the 3rd millennium back in 1972.
Instigated by the late President of the Republic, El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, this action in favour of the environment is an integral part of the new Project for Society of the new President, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba: â€˜â€˜this policy is only possible if we can reconcile local, economic and development interests. The concept of geotourism will be the tourism of the future. It constitutes the cornerstone of â€˜Green Gabonâ€™, one of the three pillars of emerging Gabon. We are also determined to play an active part in meeting the goals of the 3rd Millennium, particularly by continuing to implement the Climate Planâ€™â€™.
Eco-Tourism contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and sustains the well-being of local people, while providing guests with a learning experience and requiring the lowest possible consumption of non-renewable resources. The message is proactive, going beyond simple minimising the negative impact of tourist activities but recognising that tourism can be a powerful force for good. The emphasis is on community participation, both as agents of conservation and so that people can enjoy improved living standards.
Although modern facilities are often not available, so having an adventurous spirit, keeping an open mind, and being willing to exercise understanding and patience will assure a visitor of a wonderful experience during his visit.
Gabon is a peaceful land and one of the safest of all Central and Western African countries, thereby providing save traveling opportunities. Local tour operators can arrange visits to all the major places of interest. Gabon is an environment treasure. Approximately 20 percent of plant species in Gabon are exclusive, and they canâ€™t be found anywhere else in the world. In the heart of Africa, crossed by the Equator, Gabon is the perfect link between equatorial jungle and the Atlantic Ocean. Waters full of fish, deserted beaches, and cool winds softening the hot savannah and Jungle. The primary humid and luxurious jungle accounts for 85 per cent of a wide green land inhabited by elephants, buffaloes, monkeys, gorillas, antelopes and many more. The OgoouÃ© river, its immense hydrographic network , turbulent waters running from East to West sustaining the countryâ€™s human as well aseconomic activity.
Gabon is the least densely populated country in Central Africa; it has the largest section of undisturbed rainforest on the continent, covering more than 85 per cent of the country. Its natural assets include mighty rivers with magnificent waterfall and vast untouched beaches where dolphins, humpback whales and leather back turtles cavort offshore. The country also has a remarkable archaeological heritage. The oldest multi cellular fossil in the world (2.1 billion years) was found in the Plateaux Bateke region. The first humans appeared 400,000 years ago, and the oldest tools used by humanity were found in the Lope National Park.
One can go into the equatorial jungle in search for the mysterious Pygmies and the famous gorillas. And can also enjoy sailing in a dugout along the OgoouÃ© river and its tributaries full of mangroves, small islands, lakes, waterfalls and canyons. But if a person prefers game fishing, swordfish, tuna fish, tarpons and bonitos can all be found in deep waters. Excellent spots for surfing and water sports such as waterfalls and rapids offer you unforgettable moments.
Gabon, country of arts, has a rich and unsuspected culture. This culture is expressed by its craft industry, dances, rites and lifestyle.