Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

Forests cover about 30% of the land area of Côte d'Ivoire. During the 1960s and 1970s, the forest sector was of major economic importance to the country. However, the country’s forest resources have been heavily impacted by logging over the last 50 years, and only 2% of the country is now covered by primary forest (EFI; FAO, 2015).

There has been widespread illegal logging in the country, and the illegal timber trade provided a source of finance for armed groups during the civil war.

Côte d’Ivoire began negotiations for a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) with the EU in February 2013, and these are still underway (EFI).