Departments of Gabon

Sorin Cosoveanu reports that two new departments were formed in 2006-04. They are Cap Estérias and Komo-Océan, both split from Komo-Mondah.

I've added populations according to the 2003 census, from a document (source [8]) sent by Sorin Cosoveanu.

Gabon is divided into provinces, which are subdivided into départements (departments). I found a number of sources for the departments of Gabon (sources [2-7], and Wikipedia), but they disagree with each other. The SALB data seem to cover the facts best, so they are the basis for the table below.

DepartmentHASCPopulationCapital
Abanga-BignéGA.MO.AB13,178Ndjolé
Basse-BanioGA.NY.BB7,186Mayumba
Bayi-BrikoloGA.HO.BY4,778Aboumi
BendjéGA.OM.BD112,424Port-Gentil
Boumi-LouetsiGA.NG.BM22,854Mbigou
DjouéGA.HO.DJ3,503Onga
Djouori-AgniliGA.HO.DA4,301Bongoville
DolaGA.NG.DL7,858Ndendé
DouignyGA.NY.DG7,374Moabi
DoutsilaGA.NY.DT3,920Mabanda
Douya-OnoyeGA.NG.DY23,144Mouila
EtimbouéGA.OM.ET6,818Omboué
Haut-KomoGA.WN.HK6,266Médouneu
Haut-NtemGA.WN.HN16,843Minvoul
Haute-BanioGA.NY.HB1,888Ndindi
IvindoGA.OI.IV27,933Makokou
KomoGA.ES.KO12,690Kango
Komo-MondahGA.ES.KM104,875Ntoum
Lébombi-LéyouGA.HO.LL53,921Moanda
Lékabi-LéwoloGA.HO.LV6,417Ngouoni
LékokoGA.HO.LE3,412Bakoumba
Lékoni-LékoriGA.HO.LN8,978Akiéni
LibrevilleGA.ES.LV538,195Libreville
Lolo-BouenguidiGA.OL.LG26,630Koulamoutou
Lombo-BouenguidiGA.OL.LB6,397Pana
LopéGA.OI.LP15,205Booué
Louetsi-BibakaGA.NG.LI3,680Malinga
Louetsi-WanoGA.NG.LW12,849Lébamba
MongoGA.NY.MN3,792Moulengui-Binza
MougalabaGA.NG.MB2,571Guiétsou
MougoutsiGA.NY.MT26,137Tchibanga
MouloundouGA.OL.ML26,036Lastoursville
MpassaGA.HO.MP117,768Franceville
MvoungGA.OI.MV5,821Ovan
NdolouGA.NG.NL5,619Mandji
NdougouGA.OM.NG9,532Gamba
NoyaGA.ES.NY6,268Cocobeach
NtemGA.WN.NT44,222Bitam
Offoué-OnoyeGA.OL.OO5,471Iboundji
Ogooué et LacsGA.MO.OL47,812Lambaréné
Ogooué-LétiliGA.HO.OT4,043Boumango
OgoulouGA.NG.OU10,071Mimongo
OkanoGA.WN.OK16,447Mitzic
PlateauxGA.HO.PX9,122Lékoni
Sébé-BrikoloGA.HO.SB12,228Okondja
Tsamba-MagotsiGA.NG.TM12,769Fougamou
WoleuGA.WN.WO73,235Oyem
ZadiéGA.OI.ZA15,204Mékambo
  • Department: Libreville is a commune or municipality.
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
    The middle two letters identify the province.
    For key, see "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries".
  • Population: 2003-31-12 census.

 

The 2003 population figures come from source [8], with one correction. In the source, Lombo-Bouenguidi department is divided into two cantons and one commune, whose populations don't add up to the total population given for the department. Lombo-Bouenguidi department belongs to Ogooué-Lolo province. The populations given for the four departments of Ogooué-Lolo province don't add up to the total population given for the province. Adding 200 to the population of Lombo-Bouenguidi makes both totals come out right. The corrected figure is shown above.

Change history:

1975-12-18: Territorial administration of Gabon underwent a reform, resulting in the following 37 departments (source [1]).

DepartmentHASCCapital
Abanga-BignéGA.MO.ABNdjolé
Basse-BanioGA.NY.BBMayumba
BendjéGA.OM.BDPort-Gentil
Boumi-LouetsiGA.NG.BLMbigou
DolaGA.NG.DLNdendé
DouigniGA.NY.DGMoabi
Douya-OnoyGA.NG.DOMouila
ÉtimbouéGA.OM.ETOmboué
Haute-BanioGA.NY.HBNdindi
Haut-KomoGA.WN.HKMédouneu
Haut-NtemGA.WN.HNMinvoul
IvindoGA.OI.IVMakokou
KomoGA.ES.KOKango
Komo-MondahGA.ES.KMNtoum
Léboumbi-LeyouGA.HO.LLMoanda
Léconi-DjouéGA.HO.LDAkiéni
LékokoGA.HO.LKBakoumba
Lolo-BouenguidiGA.OL.LOKoulamoutou
Lombo-BouenguidiGA.OL.LBPana
LopéGA.OI.LPBooué
Louetsi-WanoGA.NG.LWLébamba
MougoutsiGA.NY.MGTchibanga
MouloundouGA.OL.MLLastoursville
MpassaGA.HO.MPFranceville
MvoungGA.OI.MVOvan
NdolouGA.NG.NLMandji
NdougouGA.OM.NGGamba
NoyaGA.ES.NYCocobeach
NtemGA.WN.NTBitam
Ogooué et LacsGA.MO.OLLambaréné
OgoulouGA.NG.OUMimongo
OkanoGA.WN.OKMitzic
PlateauxGA.HO.PLLéconi
Sébé-BrikoloGA.HO.SBOkondja
Tsamba-MagotsiGA.NG.TMFougamou
WoleuGA.WN.WOOyem
ZadiéGA.OI.ZAMékambo
  1. ~1996-2000: Eleven new departments created. Sorin Cosoveanu has analyzed the splits as follows: Léconi-Djoué department split into Bayi-Brikolo, Djoué, Lékabi-Léwolo, and Lékoni-Lékori; Djouori-Agnili department split from Plateaux; Doutsila and Mongo departments split from Mougoutsi; Louetsi-Bibaka department split from Boumi-Louetsi; Mougalaba department split from Douya-Onoye; Offoué-Onoye department split from Lolo-Bouenguidi; Ogooué-Létili department split from Lékoko. Libreville commune may have existed before this date, but if not, it would have been split from Komo-Mondah. The resulting division is shown in the first table above.
  2. 2006-01-04: Two new departments created in Estuaire province, apparently both split from Komo-Mondah: Komo Océan (capital Ndzomoe) and Cap-Estérias (capital Cap-Estérias).

Other names of subdivisions:

  1. Bayi-Brikolo: Mbayi-Brikolo (variant)
  2. Mouloundou: Mulundu (variant)
  3. Sébé-Brikolo: Sébé-Brokolo (variant)

Sources:

  1. [1] Géographie et Cartographie du Gabon: atlas illustré, by Jacques Barret, EDICEF, Paris, 1983.
  2. [2] SALB project, attributed to Institut National de Cartographie; first draft dated 2000, second draft dated 2005, with updates made 2003-01-15 (Libreville, correcting a misunderstanding) and 2003-04-03 (Bayi-Brikolo, Mougalaba, and Mongo).
  3. [3] Consulate of Gabon in France  (retrieved 2009-04-06).
  4. [4] Internet Gabon  (dated 2008, retrieved 2009-04-06).
  5. [5] Journal Officiel  de la République Gabonaise: Jan. 1997 (retrieved 2009-04-06).
  6. [6] Gabon National Assembly  website (retrieved 2009-04-06).
  7. [7] legabon.org  (retrieved 2009-04-06).
  8. [8] 2003 population figures from Journal Officiel de la République Gabonaise, Février 2005, p. 11 ff. These data are as corrected by the constitutional court in Decision No. 003/CC, 2005-02-17.
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