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 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.
Right in the heart of the primary forest, we will be involved in setting up multiple events for ecology, health, education, art and culture:
The expected results of this project are multiple:
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
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.
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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