Gabon to see $150 million for protecting its rainforests

Gabon to see $150 million for protecting its rainforests

Gabon’s rainforests are critical to protecting biodiversity and containing carbon emissions, and now the West African nation has a 10-year deal with Norway to ensure the forests will be preserved. That’s according to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which announced the US$150 million deal on Sunday as global leaders…

Report finds Chinese firms linked to illegal logging in Gabon, Congo

Report finds Chinese firms linked to illegal logging in Gabon, Congo

A four-year investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) advocacy group traced illegally sourced timber from the forests of Congo Brazzaville and Gabon, to discover what it says are extensive holdings by a Chinese firm linked to bribery, corruption, tax evasion and ecosystem destruction. “According to evidence collected by EIA,…

Gabon: Calm restored, coup leaders arrested

Gabon: Calm restored, coup leaders arrested

There were troubling reports from Gabon early Monday – and concerns over a coup – as soldiers took over national radio to announce their disappointment with President Ali Bongo’s New Year’s Eve message to the nation, and their demands for a “restoration council.” There were unconfirmed reports from Gabon’s media…

Gabon’s Bongo sends New Year message from Morocco

President Ali Bongo of Gabon greeted the new year with a video message for his nation, sent while he continues medical treatment in Morocco. Bongo touched on economic policies enacted in 2018 before acknowledging that there has been much speculation about his health, and assuring citizens in his West African…

Gabon’s Bongo set to arrive in Morocco for medical care

President Ali Bongo of Gabon is due to arrive in Morocco on Wednesday to continue his medical convalescence, according to information provided by the Gabonese first lady, Sylvia Bongo. He’ll travel to Rabat from King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, where he has been treated for what is reported to be…

AU calls for calm in Gabon over interim Bongo replacement

The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said Saturday that he is deeply concerned about instability in the West African nation of Gabon as its leader remains hospitalized. Faki, alongside AU President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, wished President Ali Bongo a full recovery in an announcement made…

Gabon admits Bongo is seriously ill in Saudi Arabia

After nearly three weeks, Gabonese government spokesman Ike Ngouoni admitted Sunday that President Ali Bongo was seriously ill but is now recovering in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Bongo has remained under care in Riyadh since an October 23 trip to attend the “Davos in the Desert” investment forum. The latest…

Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe make IUU shark fishing arrests

Environmentalists with the Sea Shepherd organization say authorities from São Tomé and Príncipe and Gabon worked with their marine conservationists to stop illegal shark fishing off the African coast. The fishing vessel Vema, flagged in Senegal but linked to Spain, was licensed to catch tuna but when the boat was…

Poll finds fear, distrust in Gabon ahead of legislative elections

Gabon’s 2016 election returned President Ali Bongo to office for a seven-year term while also bringing violence to the streets of Libreville. It left questions over the legitimacy of Bongo’s defeat of opposition candidate Jean Ping, and bitter divisions that his efforts at national dialogue ahead of postponed parliamentary elections…

Pantelena crew in Togo after tanker hijacking

Russia’s TASS news agency reported Tuesday that the sailors aboard the oil tanker Pantelena are in good health, and still in Togo at the port of Lomé as Russian diplomats in Gabon arrange to meet with them. “The sailors remain onboard the vessel, Togo’s authorities are dealing with them now,”…