Gabon’s Green Credentials Deserve a Closer Look

Gabon’s Green Credentials Deserve a Closer Look
Gabonese President Ali Bongo speaks during the opening ceremony of the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 1, 2021 (Pool photo by Yves Herman via AP).

Gabon has long flaunted its green credentials, enjoying a reputation as a leader in global efforts to combat climate change and environmental destruction. In June 2021, that image got another boost when Gabon became the first country in Africa to receive a payout for having reduced its carbon emissions. In disbursing the first payment of $17 million, the Central African Forest Initiative, on behalf of the Norwegian government, committed to providing Gabon’s government with $150 million in conservation financing over 10 years for lowering emissions from forest loss in 2016 and 2017, compared to baseline data from 2006 to 2015. […]

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