Economic and Policy Analysis of Climate Change
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Sustainable management of critical wetland ecosystems

Gabon is a resource-rich country possessing exceptional biodiversity, arable land, forest, mineral (magnesium, iron) and oil resources. The country contains three important terrestrial ecoregions: the Congolian coastal forest, the Northwestern Congolian lowland forest, the Western Congolian forest savanna, and is full of mangrove and swamp forests. Some areas (wetlands and non-wetland ecosystems) have been classified as National Parks and are managed by different agencies and government departments. Since 1987 Gabon has been part of the Ramsar convention on Wetlands of International Importance (WII) and registered nine different sites representing a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems (mangroves, savannas, waterfalls and rapids, lagoons, rivers and lakes) amounting to about 2.8 million hectares (ha).

This report presents the results of an Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT) Greenhouse Gas appraisal performed in June 2016 of the project “Sustainable management of critical wetland ecosystems” in Gabon.