DATA ON THE STATE OF THE FORESTS IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE
The Ivorian forest, which used to occupy the entire southern half of the country, has suffered from accelerated degradation since the 1970s. From 16 million hectares at the beginning of the last century, the Ivorian forest cover fell to 7,850,864 hectares in 1990 and then to 3,401,146 in 2015. Today, there are scarcely 2 million hectares of natural forest.
Côte d’Ivoire has lost more than half of its forest cover in half a century, with an average destruction of 60,000 hectares per year. A situation caused by many factors including extensive agriculture, mining, bush fires … It is time to sound the alarm.