1996 Gabon adopted its first forest policy to increase the forestry sector’s contribution to economic and social development.
2009 A new Forest Code was signed into law requiring logging companies to undertake sustainable management of their concessions, to employ low impact harvesting techniques, to lengthen harvest rotation to at least 20 years, and to submit 30-year management plans for forest concessions. The Code also prescribed that by 2009, 75% of raw logs would be processed in Gabon prior to export.
2002 President Omar Bongo Ondimba designated roughly 10% of the nation’s territory to be part of its national park system (with 13 parks in total), one of the largest allocations of nature parkland in the world. The National Agency for National Parks manages Gabon’s national park system.
2009 Gabon was still far from reaching its wood processing goal, so President Ali Bongo Ondimba halted all export of raw logs and required that 100% of timber be processed in country. These restrictions started to come into effect in 2010 and were fully implemented in 2011. This radical measure was intended to generate more value-add and jobs on national territory, but also contributed to professionalizing the sector and to a significant drop in total wood production, thereby reducing emissions.
2018 The Gabonese President announced that all logging concessions must be FSC certified by 2022.