Cote d’Ivoire, which is French for “Ivory Coast”, is in West Africa. It is mostly flat to undulating plains, with mountains in northwest. The highest point is Monts Nimba at 1,752 meters. It is also known as Mount Richard-Molard, on the border with Guinea to the West.
The coast has heavy surf, and no natural harbours. During the rainy season torrential flooding is possible. There are three seasons: warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), and hot and wet (June to October). Deforestation is an issue for Ivory Coast. Most of the country’s forests, once the largest in West Africa, have been heavily logged. There is also water pollution not only from sewage, but also from industrial, mining, and agricultural effluents.
Parti Ecologique Ivoirien is the green party with the nighest profile online. In Abidjan, there is the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Cote d’Ivoire, which maintains a primate research lab at Taï, among other projects. Since cocao figures prominently in the economy of Ivory Coast, the World Cocao Foundation maintains a two-way messaging platform for farmers to receive and send messages.
In terms of protected areas, Wikipedia lists eight national parks for Ivory Coast:
- Assagny National Park
- Banco National Park
- Comoé National Park
- Îles Ehotilés National Park
- Marahoué National Park
- Mont Péko National Park
- Mont Sângbé National Park
- Taï National Park
There are two official Biosphere Reserves listed for Ivory Coast:
The two primary IUCN members for Ivory Coast are:
- Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Salubrité Urbaine et du Développement Durable
- Office Ivoirien des Parcs et Réserves
The population Of Ivory Coast is primarily located in the forested south, with the highest concentration of people residing in and around the cities on the Atlantic coast. Most of the northern savanna remains sparsely populated.
Close ties to France following independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment all made Ivory Coast one of the most prosperous of the West African states. A military coup launched in 1999 developed into a civil war by 2002. A 2003 cease-fire resulted in dividing the country, with peacekeeping forces in the buffer zone until departing in 2017.
HIV/AIDS in Ivory Coast remains an issue, but is not spreading as fast as it once was. ECPAT International works with S.O.S. Violences Sexuelles in Ivory Coast, to fight sexual exploitation of children. The Ministry of Tourism of Ivory Coast maintains a french language website at tourisme.gouv.ci.
In terms of UNESCO World Heritage, Ivory Coast has one cultural site, and three natural sites. Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is listed as world heritage in danger.
Cultural World Heritage:
Natural World Heritage:
- Comoé National Park (1983)
- Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (1981,1982)
- Taï National Park (1982)
- Toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Ivory Coast: Simulating pathways to sustainable development – M Pedercini, G Zuellich, K Dianati… – 2018
- A victor’s peace? Peacebuilding and statebuilding in post-2011 Cote d’Ivoire – G Piccolino – 2017
- An Investigation into External Environment Factors Affecting Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises in Cote d’Ivoire – D Ardjouman, L Mingaine – 2017
- E-waste management in West Africa: Exploring strategies for sustainable ICT waste disposal in Cote d’Ivoire – R Gnali-Djaman – 2017
- Aghien lagoon: a sustainable resource of fresh water for the city of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)? Description of the project and preliminary results – B Kamagaté, RK Effebi, TA Goula Bi… – 2016
- Charcoal and Fuelwood Consumption and Its Impacts on Environment in Cote d’Ivoire (Case Study of Yopougon Area) – AP Zidago, Z Wang – 2016
- Social And Economic Indicators Of Sustainable Development Of Ivory Coast – SA Kamagate, MG Makarova – 2016
- Trajectories of state building and peace building in Cote d’Ivoire: integrated field research report – B N’Diaye, S Theron, N Perdigao – 2016
- Artisanal Fishery And Sustainable Management Of Stock Of Blue Marlins, Makaira Nigricans In Marine Waters Of Cote d’Ivoire – S Yaya, O N’Golo, DNG Constance… – 2015
- Nature And Dynamic Of Sediments At The Mouth Of Komoé River (Ivory Coast) – LK ADOPO, G ROMANESCU… – 2014
- Report on Global Environment Competitiveness of Cote d’Ivoire – L Jianping, L Minrong, W Jinnan, L Jianjian… – 2014
- Stakeholder Management. The Sustainable Management of Nestlé’s Cocoa Supply Chain in the Ivory Coast – RB Nanfack – 2014
- Trajectories of state building and peace building in Cote d’Ivoire: a baseline study – B N’Diaye, S Theron, N Perdigao – 2014
- The anuran fauna of a Volunteer Nature Reserve: the Tanoé-Ehy Swamp Forests, south-eastern Ivory Coast, West Africa – TF Kpan, PJ Adeba, I Koné, KP Kouassi… – 2014
- ‘No War No Peace’: Mapping the ‘Post-Conflict’ Environment in Cote D’Ivoire – B O’Bannon – 2013
- Last Van to Korhogo: suspended between war and peace in Ivory Coast – S Mitter – 2012
- Sustainable Management of Nestle’s Cocoa Supply Chain in the Ivory Coast–Focus on Labor Standards – Fair Labor Association – 2012
- The gloomy outlook for cocoa production in the Ivory Coast and strategies for sustainable solutions for recovery and improvements of productivity – J Milz, E Consult, B La Paz – 2012
- Jobs, economy, environment: the development of the palm oil sector in Cote d’Ivoire – C Jannot – 2010
- Laying a foundation for peace: Micro-Effects of Peacekeeping in Cote D’Ivoire – E Mvukiyehe, C Samii – 2009
- Laying a Foundation for Peace? A Quantitative Impact Evaluation of the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire – E Mvukiyehe, C Samii – 2008