A workshop organized for prefects and sub-prefects zith the theme ” The involvement of the Prefects and Sub-Prefects of the Province of the Haut-Ogooué in the application of laws relating to the sustainable management of wildlife resources” was held last Friday, July 26, 2014 at city Hall in Franceville in the Haut-Ogooué.
The conference was chaired by His Excellency the Governor Mr. Bertrand Moundounga who delivered his speech after the welcome address by the Mayor of the Commune of Franceville.
The Director of the Gorilla Conservation Project (PPG) has built support the importance of a National Park and more specifically on the role of the project in the Park Plateau Batéké having a projection on the process of reintroduction of gorillas occupied the island project in the park Batéké trays.
Then, a representative of the Forestry Society CEB Precious Wood exposed on strategies for the management of wildlife planned in their Forest Concession under Sustainable Development (CFAD).
The Administration of Forestry, the Environment and Protection of Natural Resources, spoke to the participants on some aspects of Law 16/01 on the Forest Code in the Gabonese Republic and the national strategy for managing the Man / Wildlife conflict developed by the FAO.
Before the presentation of the President of the Tribunal Ms Frédérique BITAR on Law 15/82, which establishes the regime of weapons and ammunition in the Gabonese Republic, Conservation Justice is responsible for presenting the international trafficking of wildlife products in this case that of ivory with a focus on the region.
The Governor of the Province, closed the work by listing the recommendations of this workshop: increased penalties in terms of Waters and Forests, the compensation policy of populations whose plantations are destroyed by elephants and ensures strict compliance with the arms acquisition process.
Note that several arrests of ivory traffickers took place in the Haut-Ogooué in the past year, with more or less strong conviction by the Court. The results are certainly encouraging.