Conservation of Moabi and Kevazingo in Cameroun and Gabon

Conservation of Moabi and Kevazingo in Cameroun and Gabon

Conservation of Moabi and Kévazingo, trees with high social value in Cameroun and Gabon

Partner: Noé – Man and Nature
Years: 2019-2021

Moabi (Baillonella toxisperma) and Kevazingo (Guibourtia Tessmanii) are sacred and mythical species for local communities and indigenous peoples who use them for medicinal and spiritual purposes. They are also highly sought-after species on the international market for their wood. Illegal logging poses a real risk to the survival of these two species.

The project aims to combat the illegal exploitation of these two species by:

1. Developing a protection status for the Moabi species in Cameroon by demonstrating that the exploitation of its seeds by local populations brings more added value to the local economy than the export of its wood.

2. Strengthening Gabonese civil society and local communities in the fight against the illegal exploitation of Kévazingo in order to ensure that the measures taken by the Gabonese government for the protection of the species are respected.