• Short Summary

    Gabon, the West African state that straddles the Equator, possesses vast forests, and until the start of mineral exploitation in the early 1960s, the economy was virtually dependent on the timber industry.

  • Description

    Gabon, the West African state that straddles the Equator, possesses vast forests, and until the start of mineral exploitation in the early 1960s, the economy was virtually dependent on the timber industry.

    But the huge forest reserves are likely to be more carefully exploited in the future. French timber companies have almost exhausted the coastal zone and are moving into the interior.

    Concessions are going only to Gabonese nowadays, and companies have been ordered to pay a flat 15 per cent to concession holders.

    Because of changes in timber taxation, many companies are saying that they will see no profits from the second cutting zone for several years.

    But despite these and other problems--transport being one of the most serious--exploitation of the timber reserves of the Monts de Cristal area of Gabon is going ahead, using modern mechanical methods.

    The most plentiful and important wood in Gabon is okoume, which is used in the manufacture of plywood. Gabon is the world's largest producer. Other woods indigenous to the area include mahogany, abony and walnut.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA20UF1777OTZ6JW1YKAGJLNS13
    Media URN:
    VLVA20UF1777OTZ6JW1YKAGJLNS13
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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