OELO (Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué)

OELO (Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué)

Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO) was formed in November 2010, when residents from the Lake Oguemoué community gathered to brainstorm ways to protect their lake and environment for future generations. OELO’s first project became an ecotourism site, Tsam Tsam, to create a source of revenue for local residents through protecting biodiversity while also generating income for OELO’s conservation projects. Over the course of 10 years OELO’s mission has expanded. Our mission is to: 1) Protect biodiversity and ecosystem services for future generations 2) Foster environmental awareness in local communities 3) Inspire the next generation to become environmental stewards 4) Help Bas Ogooué lake region residents to generate income through the sustainable use of resources We now lead programs in ecotourism, environmental education, sustainable fishing, reducing illegal bushmeat commerce and facilitating biodiversity research in the Bas Ogooué lake region of Gabon.