GABON: The forest school

The context

700 species of birds, 98 species of amphibians, between 95 and 160 species of reptiles, nearly 10,000 species of plants, more than 400 forest species and 198 different species of mammals.

These impressive figures make Gabon the African country with the greatest biodiversity on the continent. Elephants, panthers, parrots, century-old trees, rare species, medicinal plants … If Gabon’s primary forest is one of the most beautiful in the world, its unique biodiversity is today threatened by increasingly intense poaching.

The project and its objectives

The first forest school in Gabon is intended to be a place of meetings, actions and local and international training for the preservation, enhancement and transmission of know-how and skills directly related to the forest.

This school will be open to children, young people and adults, Gabonese and from elsewhere, to encourage them to become guardians of the balance between humans and nature, regardless of where they reside in the world.

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Actions for ecology, health, education, art and culture

Right in the heart of the primary forest, we will be involved in setting up multiple events for ecology, health, education, art and culture:

  • Transmission of preservation techniques and sustainable management of the forest (trees, plants, animals, etc.): protect and harvest, without “exploiting”, respecting the cycles of life.
  • Creation of a garden space for medicinal plants (cultivation of artemisia to prevent and treat malaria, in partnership with the Artemisia houses)
  • Creation of a written and protected pharmacopoeia, for transmission to future generations and to fight against biopiracy (in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol on the protection of biological diversity)
  • Creation of a traditional and spiritual care center, to reconnect better and find the balance between one’s body and nature (meditations, songs, reconnection dances, etc.)
  • School of training and transmission of know-how and skills for the preservation of the forest and its biodiversity. Creation of premises, with training rooms, large conference room, sanitary facilities and accommodation, built with traditional and ecological techniques
  • Organic permaculture garden to aim for food self-sufficiency in the village in order to meet the needs of the permanent community and visitors
  • Creation of a craft workshop and traditional music workshops

Raising the awareness of all generations and preserving know-how

The expected results of this project are multiple:

  • Raise awareness and train local populations in partnerships with schools, universities, village associations (in particular to fight against poaching), national parks, etc
  • Raise awareness and train international visitors (citizens, scientists, artists, environmentalists, business leaders, etc.) so that they can become agents of change and guardians of nature in their own territory.

  • Preserve knowledge and sustainable management of medicinal plants

  • Sowing the seeds of conscience to enhance the natural and cultural heritage
  • Preserve the know-how and attitudes acquired over millennia, for today and tomorrow, while respecting the balance between humans and nature
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Assossa : The Indigenous project leader and his community

Born 44 years ago in a Puvi village, close to the pygmies, in the primary forest of Gabon, Assossa is Master Nganga (shaman).

A connoisseur of the forest, the medicine man masters a rich pharmacopoeia of over 1000 plants, and can identify as many tree species. A true naturalist, he was initiated since the age of 8 to communicate with the forest. Master in Permaculture, hunter and gatherer capable of living independently, he is also a sculptor, singer, musician, storyteller and guardian of the wisdom of ancestor. He likes to transmit his know-how and to talk about the essences of his forest between science and tradition.

Traditional chief of his village, he has already traveled to France, Brazil and Vietnam to raise public awareness during conferences and share his knowledge. Now he wishes to invest more in the concrete and local transmission of his forest to the general public: “Those who really want to deepen their connection with nature must experience the forest from the inside…”, he says.

Act together !

Joining One Song One Earth means participating in the protection of indigenous peoples and their heritage. It also means transmitting its heritage by acting for a sustainable and responsible future by fighting against the degradation of fragile and threatened ecosystems.

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