Forests cover around 85% of the land area of Gabon, or some 22 million hectares. Gabon shares borders with Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo, both of which are implementing a VPA.
Timber is the country's second most important export after oil, and the main productive species are redwood, ebony and okoumé. Logging rates have increased significantly in recent years, and 90% of Gabon's log production is exported, mainly to China and Europe.
Gabon is negotiating a VPA with the EU.
Voluntary Partnership Agreement status
News from Gabon
Second VPA negotiation session between the Republic of Gabon and the EU, 20 October 2011 (FR)
Roadmap for the Republic of Gabon on the FLEGT VPA process, 20 October 2011 (FR)
Declaration by the Republic of Gabon and the EU, 23 September 2010 (FR)
First VPA negotiation session between the Republic of Gabon and the EU, 24 September 2010 (FR)