Transporting logs in Côte d‘Ivoire

Core area Protecting life on Earth – the environment and natural resources Conserving forests and biodiversity

In order to expand agricultural activities, some 60 per cent of Côte d'Ivoire's forests have been cut down over the last 25 years. The increasing deforestation is posing an acute threat to protected areas and their biodiversity. Moreover, the loss of forests is leading to microclimate change, with a risk of reduced rainfall.

One focus of Germany's development cooperation activities is on conserving biodiversity in the national parks of Taï and Comoé. Germany is helping Côte d'Ivoire to improve the management of the parks and to develop their infrastructure. In buffer zones, local people are assisted in increasing their incomes from agriculture through sustainable farming techniques and technical innovation.

In order to prevent the protected areas from becoming more and more fragmented, Germany also supports a regional project for the establishment of an ecological corridor between the Taï National Park and a protected area in neighbouring Liberia.