FACTORS FAVOURING FOREST INDUSTRY IN GABON

FACTORS FAVOURING FOREST INDUSTRY IN GABON

  • Much of the country is covered by natural and man-made forests
  • Presence of commercial tree species like okoume, ebony, ozigo and mahogany




  • Well-laid drainage with river Ogooue and Ngounie which are navigable
  • Large sums of capital by the foreign companies from USA, Japan, Indonesia, and the government
  • Big number of foreign companies that exploit the timber like CEB, TGI, etc
  • Cheap skilled labor for felling trees, cutting into logs, etc
  • Efficient transport and communication networks like road, railway, water, etc
  • Supportive government policy that enhanced sustainable use of the forest
  • Relatively infertile soils that could not support arable farming
  • Conducive equatorial climate with 22-27 temperature, 1500-2400mm of rainfall that favors tropical rain forest growth

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