Morning Update: How Gabon’s Green Logging Laws Offer COP26 Countries a Course of Action Against Deforestation

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Armed with machetes and measuring tape, lumberjacks make their way through the undergrowth of the Gabonese rainforest to reach a majestic 40-meter-high okoume tree, doomed to become plywood for office walls in Europe or Asia.

After the first team has verified that the tree is of an authorized size, a team of slaughterers – tree cutters – arrive at the scene. Hendy Nguema briefly nods and crosses himself, begging for safety, then speeds up his chainsaw. Within 10 minutes, the giant tree crashes through the forest canopy, sending a green cloud of leaves and branches into the air as it crumbles.

If the Gabonese government gets its way, this could become the future of rainforest logging: highly selective, relatively slow, carefully documented, independently certified and fully traceable. The strategy aims to preserve the forests of the Congo Basin in Equatorial Africa, by increasing their absorption of carbon emissions from global industries.

Hendy Nguema and his team of loggers cutting down an okoumé in the Rougier forest concession in Haut-Abanga in Gabon.Geoffrey York / The Globe and Mail

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MOMENT IN TIME: NOVEMBER 3, 1978

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Police perform their first Canadian shows

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