Grande Mayumba is a pioneering model for sustainable, principled green growth in the Congo Basin.
Climate change is not only deepening the devastation caused by extreme weather events, it’s making life more unpredictable. Regions lacking climate-resilient infrastructure are often the hardest hit, reversing development gains where they’re needed most urgently.
Successfully implementing the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change could be the single most powerful driver for the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
It’s not enough though. For development to be sustainable, economic growth must be transformative and inclusive.
The Congo Basin – the world’s second largest tropical forest, spanning six countries in Central Africa – is the most important global carbon sink after the Amazon. Balancing the urgent need for economic diversification in the region to reduce dependency on oil revenues and enable people to lead dignified lives, with the need to protect the pristine natural environment and world class biodiversity has global implications.
Gabon has demonstrated real leadership in thinking through new models for sustainable green growth, anchored in the unique realities of the Congo Basin. A powerful voice in the global climate change arena, the country’s Gabon Emergent strategy advocates a progressive approach to economic diversification, transforming natural resources carefully and deliberately to create value today and preserve value for future generations.
Grande Mayumba is a public-private partnership formed between the Gabonese Republic and SFM Africa Limited to consolidate and sustainably develop a forest land area of 631,100 hectares and a marine area of 260,900 hectares in Nyanga Province in southern Gabon.
We have designed a sustainable, integrated land use plan that allocates rights optimally for the whole ecosystem and ensures their effective implementation.
We believe that conservation-led development is the way to optimise Gabon’s world class natural resources, creating opportunities for the current generation without compromising the needs and rights of future generations.
Grande Mayumba will put Gabon at the forefront of global conservation-led, climate-smart development
Conservation arc covering coastal, estuarine, mountain and savannah ecosystems, equivalent to a third of the total project area.
Agricultural land encompassing savannahs and degraded forests
Co-managed community forests and agricultural land
Urban, municipal and infrastructure development
Integrated land use
World class resources optimised for today and safeguarded for tomorrow
4,000 direct jobs
created in the Grande Mayumba region over the next 5 years, with associated housing, education, municipal and medical facilities
200 million tonnes
of carbon emissions avoided, compared with the otherwise inevitable unplanned development and associated environmental degradation expected to occur over the next 25 years
Over US $150 million
capital investment in new forestry, agriculture, agroforestry, infrastructure, ecotourism and fisheries businesses
with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, notably goals 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15
Grande Mayumba takes a holistic, integrated approach to economic, community, environmental and conservation rights to optimise land use and deliver sustainable, conservation-led development.
Land use optimisation
Sustainable Development Plan
Sustainable Development Credits
Natural capital approach
Grande Mayumba will deliver new port, road and municipal infrastructure and establish new forestry, agriculture, agroforestry and fisheries businesses in the region.
We are also introducing world class conservation tourism to Gabon, in partnership with ANPN (the national parks authority).
In some areas, the unique biodiversity and the priceless value of ecosystems services delivered meant we couldn’t justify any commercialisation of the land. We have consequently set aside a third of the total area as a conservation arc, covering coastal, estuarine, mountain and savannah ecosystems. This ensures irreplaceable wilderness areas are protected and community rights are respected.Learn more about the Project
We are a team of specialists with a diverse set of skills and a wealth of practical experience at the forefront of climate-smart, sustainable development in Africa.Meet the Team