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Gabon USFS Trip Report: Support to the Conseil National des Parcs Nationaux (CNPN); June 2005

by Timothy Foley last modified Aug 20, 2013 04:19 PM
Contributors: Mike Chaveas, Don Fisher, Chris Iverson, Julie Luetzelschwab

In August 2002, President Omar Bongo created the National Parks System of Gabon by establishing thirteen parks. A visit by the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and later a delegation of US Government officials in February 2003, encouraged the involvement of US technical assistance to support Gabon in confronting the challenges of implementing President Bongo’s declaration. As a result of these trips, the US Forest Service (USFS) was identified as a technical assistance provider to help Gabon achieve their natural resources objectives. Working as a partner in the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), the USFS has engaged with the National Council of the National Parks (CNPN) to provide technical assistance toward the development of a planning process for the national parks of Gabon. This USFS assistance has focused on the creation, through a participatory process, of park management plans for Loango and Lope National Parks, working with CNPN to build internal capacity within the Government of Gabon so that these plans can be used as models toward the creation of management plans for the other eleven parks.

Author(s): Mike Chaveas , Don Fisher , Chris Iverson , Julie Luetzelschwab

Publication Date: 2005

Location: Africa, Gabon

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