Faculty of Natural Sciences
Collaborative forestLAB research will underpin social, environmental and economic benefits in Gabon as well as contribute to global sustainable futures.
Professor Abernethy said: “It was fantastic to sign this agreement with our research partners in person here at COP26, where the role of global forests in fighting climate change is being recognised. Gabon’s forests sequester so much more carbon that the country emits that Gabon is a very strong net carbon sink, storing billions of tonnes of carbon. This was recognised in June, when Gabon became the first African country to receive carbon payments, thanks to modelling supported by University of Stirling researchers.
“Collaborative forestLAB research will underpin social, environmental and economic benefits in Gabon as well as contribute to global sustainable futures.”
Professor Alfred Ngomanda, General Commissioner of CENAREST, said: “Through training programmes for our students and joint scientific research programmes, this agreement will help Gabon to strengthen its skills and knowledge in sustainable development.”
Speaking at the signing agreement, Alan Bernstein, CEO of ACDG stated: “We believe that the findings from forestLAB will have a real impact in fostering new scientific, technical and economic solutions to accelerate climate-smart development. forestLAB’s findings will thus concretely support the success of Gabon’s sustainable development strategy.”
ForestLAB is part of Scotland’s International Environment Centre at the University of Stirling, bringing together academic researchers and external partners from industry, government, and regional stakeholders.