Half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared due to human interference. Yet wetlands are extremely important to the environment, particularly in their capacity to regulate water and nutrient flows to and from rivers. Lake Oguemoué forms part of the Bas-Ogooué Ramsar site in Gabon, a protected wetlands area of international significance. Surrounded by forests, sandbars, lakes and rivers, the area is home to elephants, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest buffalo, rare birds, hippopotami, and African manatees. Local residents, who traditionally rely on fishing as a livelihood, have been forced to seek alternative sources of income, such as hunting and illegal logging, due to the growing scarcity of fish in the rivers. These actions endanger the environment, including wildlife populations.
Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO) formed in 2010 when a small group of residents from the Lake Oguemoué community decided to protect the Lake and local environment for future generations. OELO’s first project established Tsam Tsam, an ecotourism site that generates revenue for local residents, as well as protects the region’s biodiversity. Through community outreach programs, sustainable fishing initiatives, and other programs, OELO’s mission is to protect the region’s ecosystem, foster environmental awareness, inspire the next generation to be environmental stewards, and help local residents to generate income through sustainable practices.
PeaceGeeks was able to partner with OELO to develop an impressive and effective website that tells their story and attests to the significance of their cause. OELO reports that, with the help of PeaceGeeks, this website has allowed them to build their credibility as an organization. They anticipate that the site will further serve to connect them with donors and partners in order to raise awareness for their cause, and generate income for their conservation efforts.
PeaceGeeks was a wonderful help in getting our website up and running. They continue to be responsive to our technical questions and supportive of our grassroots environmental conservation and education efforts. A sincere thank you from the OELO team in Gabon!
- Website design
- Content Migration
- Social media integration
- Newsletter set-up
Magdi Rizkallah - Project Manager - Sukwhan Chung - Project Coordinator - Ron Boaz - Project Coordinator
Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué Contributors
Heather Arrowood - Executive Director