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Gabon is moving towards the certification of all its wood products. The aim is for the country to validate the sustainability of its forestry operations. The sector must respect the environment as well as the rights of the populations living in and around the forest concessions. This is the meaning of the decree signed in July 2021 by Lee White, the Gabonese Minister in charge of the Environment and Forests. The text creates and organizes the functioning of a System of Control of Legality and Traceability (SCLT) of Gabonese timber.
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Within the framework of the SCLT, "the Gabonese State, through the Ministry of Water and Forests, will audit all operators in the forestry sector to ensure that they comply with the regulations in force. Following this audit, the State will issue a certificate of legality and traceability," explains Ghislain Moussavou, the Director General of Forests at the Gabonese Ministry of Water, Forests, the Sea, and the Environment, in charge of the Climate Plan and the Land Use Plan.