Rougier started operations in Gabon in 1952 and through its Gabonese subsidiaries the group exploits some 880 000 ha of forest with an annual log production of approximately 300 000 m³. In all, Rougier Gabon has about 1 500 employees (equally divided between logging and industrial timber processing).
Forest management planning
In accordance with its voluntary policy of responsible forest management, the group is implementing forest management plans on all its concessions. These plans meet requirements at three levels: preservation of the ecosystem and the biodiversity, social progress for workers and their families and the respect of local populations and their traditional forest practices.
This is a true management tool keeping the harvesting on a level where it does not affect the forest’s ability to regenerate (average harvesting intensity: 1 to 2 trees per ha every 25 years).
In 2004, Rougier obtained ISO 14001 certification for its “environmental management” system.
In 2008, 3 out of 4 FCSM (Forest concession under sustainable management) were FSC certified (certification of good forest management).
Since october 2013, the 4 FCSM are now FSC certified.