Grande Mayumba is a public-private partnership formed between the Gabonese Republic, represented by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations du Gabon (CDC Gabon), and SFM Africa Limited (SFM Africa) 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.
SFM Africa is an experienced developer of integrated land use plans in Africa, specialising in sustainable forestry management and climate-smart, conservation-led development.
Grande Mayumba holds a 25-year state lease – bail emphytéotique – (automatically renewable for 25 years), which includes all terrestrial land use rights to develop the project site on the basis of ecologically sound and economically optimal long-term land management use rights allocation, the Grande Mayumba Sustainable Development Plan. The project effectively serves as a pilot for Gabon’s National Land-Use Plan and was developed in accordance with the country’s Sustainable Development Law, promulgated in 2014, which sets out the principles, objectives and financial mechanisms to ensure sustainable development in Gabon.
The Grande Mayumba Sustainable Development Plan sets out in detail how we will establish new forestry, agriculture, agroforestry, ecotourism and fisheries businesses in the region, supported by appropriate transport, power, communications and municipal infrastructure. These businesses will execute integrated, inclusive, verifiable strategies for achieving environmental and economic sustainability in the project area through the securitisation of environmental rights and natural resource values attributable to the land.