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Sibang Arboretum – Gabon, Central West Africa

December 15, 2011

I took this photo walking through Sibang Arboretum, outside the city of Libreville, in Gabon.

The Sibang Arboretum covers an area of about ​​16 hectares. Groups of trees measuring 50m X 50m are divided by a grid of paths.

The early development work of the Arboretum Sibang took place in 1931 by the Division of Forest Research, which later became Section CTFT / GABON (Centre Technique Forestier Tropical). Since the independence of Gabon, the Arboretum has passed under the supervision of the Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute (IRAF) and under the responsibility of the Institute of Traditional Medicine and Pharmacopoeia (IPHAMETRA). Both institutes are part of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CENAREST) ​​which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Scientific Research.

The central aim of the Arboretum is to promote environmental education amongst young people by raising awareness towards the protection and sustainable management of biodiversity in the country. As part of these activities several tours are organized for students from different institutions as well as dignitaries and organizations, both nationally and internationally.

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