Our Mission Statement & Aims
These are our aims in relation to this plant considered as sacred by the Gabonese people.
- Providing a voice in the world to explain the impact of the growing international interest for iboga on Gabonese traditions as well as the flora and fauna of Gabon ;
- Using legal expertise, in partnership with all Gabonese institutions and international organizations involved in the protection of biodiversity and traditional medicines, on ways and means to regulate the cultivation, marketing and the therapeutic use of iboga ;
- Mapping the presence of iboga on the whole National territory with botanical species differentiation ;
- Making soil samples around wild iboga to study the edaphic conditions (on the substrate, pointing abiotic ecological factors specific to soil dependent organisms or environment in which the iboga grows) ;
- Establishing partnerships with active researchers worldwide and chemically, compare different varieties of Iboga and make an extensive scientific research bibliography on Apocynacées similar to iboga ;
- Collecting iboga seeds to form a seed bank for planting projects in Gabon, with respect of the Nagoya Protocol, including fair trade for possible planting projects outside of Gabon;
- Searching international public-private funding to support the planting of iboga large scale and meet the potential needs of the pharmaceutical industry, developing methods of cultivation and extraction of active alkaloids;
- Creating plantations of all seven varieties of tabernanthe iboga to help ensuring the protection and continuation of traditional usage of this plant in accordance with the Article 7 of the Nagoya Protocol;
- Providing a supply source of organic iboga that is traceable, sustainable and fairly traded at affordable prices for the benefit of Gabonese traditional healers;
- Providing a sustainable, fair-priced supply of medicinal plants including iboga for traditional use by practitioners in Gabon;
- Developing a partnership between modern medicine and traditional medicine with
national academic and scientific institutions to gather clinical data on individuals seeking iboga(ine) treatment;
The following aims of Blessings of the Forest do not focus on iboga, but are equally important.
- Creating an eco-village with zero environmental impact.
The village will be powered by renewable energy systems such as wind and solar. It will also collect, filter, store and distribute rainwater. One or more wells will be drilled to make the village self-sufficient for water.
The houses in the village will be made with natural materials of the Gabonese forest. Some structures made out of mobile shipping containers equipt with ecological living facilities also serve to develop the village ;
- Developing a permaculture project within a wild forest environment dedicated to market gardening plantations, herbal medicines and cosmetics as well as other plant resources used in Gabonese traditional crafts. The basics of permaculture will be inspired from the traditional approach of community life in the equatorial forest. The goal is to achieve energy, food and cosmetics self-sufficiency ;
- Creating an “association dedicated to organic farming ” whose intention is to be an example for the preservation of natural traditional farming methods and highlight the environmental and health problems associated with the misuse of pesticides ;
- Set-up a laboratory for creating tinctures, essential oils and natural cosmetics ;
- Creating a traditional craft workshop for local people to preserve, teach and develop products of Gabonese culture with local and sustainable natural materials. This activity will be promoted internationally through a network of identified fair trade retailers, representing a financial resource for local artisans and a way to preserve this ancient craft ;
- Developing a multi-sectoral tourism, cultural, ecological and scientific, to a national and international audience eager to discover the Gabonese specificities related to a harmonious life in the rainforest of Central Africa ;
- To create tourism on several levels: cultural, ecological and scientific, we would like people from all over the world to be able to connect to the culture of Gabon but also to its ecology from people who understand the whole interaction of the rainforest environment. Lastly, scientific tourism allows for those who want a deeper understanding of the rainforest plants connect to experts in the field that can offer in depth studies ;
- Organizing traditional performances on a cultural scene for the benefit of musicians, theatrics and story tellers expressing the diversity of Gabonese cultural heritage.
Iboga has been sold in western world since 1901
More and more advertising touts iboga as a “miracle cure” without any apparent regard as to the sustainability of the resource
Bought with gold, Iboga is then sold on the Internet in violation of laws protecting it, without equitable sharing of its benefits and a risk of consumers who have no certainty as to it’s origin and quality.
Pygmies have used iboga for over 65,000 years before it was discovered in the west.
Now, due to over-consumption without any policy of sustainable management, this sacred plant will disappear from the public domain within 5 years
The price of iboga has increased by over 1000% in 15 years making this fundamental Gabonese medicine too expensive for locals to buy.
In what can only be described as biopiracy, more than a dozen patents have been filed regarding the therapeutic use of iboga and its chemical derivatives in total disregard of the Nagoya Protocol protecting the people behind this plant and knowledge.
The ivory trade and iboga trafficking are interlinked. Elephants love iboga fruit and the poachers track and kill them near the last wild reservations of iboga.
Once they have murdered the elephants, the poachers also take all the iboga found on site.
With your support, Blessings Of The Forest is committed to planting 10,000 feet of iboga wood in Akanda National Park in Gabon, for the benefit of the local people and also international research
Blessings Of The Forest is committed to building a bridge between traditional Gabonese healers and researchers worldwide. We offer humanity the most sacred knowledge of the art of healing using one of the most sacred plants of our common historic origins.