“Any logging company operating in Gabon, not involved in this certification process, will be deprived of its license”, said the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, while visiting a sawmill. The President set the year 2022 as the cut-off year to FSC certify all logging concessions. Currently, 14% of forest lands in Gabon are FSC-certified. The country has nearly tripled production of forest products, from just 280,000m3 in 2010 to 738,377m3 in 2017 following a log export ban. Popular commercial timber species originating in Gabon include African Mahogany, Azobé, Doussié, Iroko, Okoume, Paduk, Sapele, Sipo, Tali, Tiama, and Wenge.
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