The future of Iboga
Iboga Sustainability Efforts
We are excited to be developing a partnership with Yann Guignon of Blessings of the Forest, a community interest company dedicated to the natural and cultural heritage of the people of Gabon. BOTF is raising awareness about the challenges facing iboga sustainability and use today. A percentage of all our treatments at New Life Iboga will be donated directly to Blessings of the Forest to support their team in thier efforts.
In additional to supporting Blessings of the Forest, we also look forward to working with Yann in the future as a consultant at our center, helping us learn about traditional use of iboga meeting the west. We anticipate having him as a guest at our center in early 2019. We hope that under his guidance, along with the support of our family at Ebando, we can help bridge the gap between ‘modern medicine’ and ‘traditional medicine’ to finding a harmonious marriage and balance between the two.
BLESSINGS OF THE FOREST
Our organisation has been set up to preserve, research and share the natural and cultural heritage of the people of Gabon, for the benefit of all humanity. We are dedicated to ensuring that that this is done fairly and sustainably, thereby protecting the rich resources of the Gabonese forest as well as promoting the traditional way of life of the Gabonese forest people.
- Identification of Gabonese associations who wish to develop agroforestry and permaculture projects focussing on the conservation of Iboga and “useful plants” of Gabon (Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) with significant food, cosmetic and therapeutic potential, as well as dwindling large trees), giving priority to those which are managing the Gabonese community forests.
- Set up a collaboration agreement between BOTF Gabon and Gabonese authorities concerned with the proper management of NTFPs within the Gabonese republic (Ministry of Forestry and the Environment, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Economy and Trade, Ministry of Tourism and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Culture and the Arts)
- Funding the planting of NTFPs including Iboga.
- Promotion of the ways and means to resolve main/wildlife conflicts around the village plantations.
- Raise international public awareness of the impact of the growing global interest in Iboga(ine) on the traditional Gabonese communities as well as on Gabon’s flora and fauna.
- Provide legal expertise, in partnership with all the Gabonese institutions and international organisations that are involved in the sustainable and equitable management of the Gabonese forest sector and the protection of the biodiversity and cultural heritage, on the ways to regulate agriculture, the commercialisation and the therapeutic use of Iboga and its chemical constituents.
- Organisation of technical and financial support for Gabonese authorities and associations responsible for the application of existing and upcoming legislation, with regards to Iboga and the proper management of community forests.
- Classification of Iboga on CITES list III (Convention on international trade of species of wild flora and fauna under threat of extinction) or on the yellow/orange list of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).
- Fight againstunfair, illegal and unsustainable exploitation of Iboga and other animal or vegetable forest heritages.
- Look for international scientific partners and sources of financing with a view to creating a botanical inventory of Iboga in Gabon and extensive studies of its ideal ecosystem (soil and climate conditions, pollination, relationships with neighbouring flora and fauna).
- Mediation between identified international partners and the Gabonese Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Scientific Research within the context of establishing cooperation agreements.
- Publication of a “review of Iboga in Gabon and abroad” v2.0.