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Côte d’Ivoire is one of West Africa's biodiversity hot spots; its rugged interior is home to over 1,200 animal species and 4,700 plant species. However, agriculture, uncontrolled fires, and logging have resulted in severe deforestation. USAID works to increase and protect forest biodiversity, address the adverse effects of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance the sequestration of carbon.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, USAID also improves the livelihoods of communities in critical transboundary landscapes in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, and Guinea. This project is designed to strengthen and expand community-driven biodiversity conservation in by establishing partnerships with local and national governments. It contributes heavily to the national strategic plans on climate change, transboundary natural resource management, and conservation by promoting progressive changes into core business practices of private sector partners across West Africa. In Côte d’Ivoire, the project focuses on the natural preservations near Mount Nimba and Tai National Park. 

Last updated: January 21, 2016

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