Côte d'Ivoire

Forests cover 22% of the land area of Côte d'Ivoire, but only 2% of the country is covered by primary forest. Most of the country's forests – once the largest in western Africa – have been heavily logged. The forest cover has shrunk from 12 million hectares in 1960 to 2.5 million hectares today.

The forest region, which has higher and more reliable rainfall and better soils than other parts of the country, produces most of Côte d'Ivoire's export crops.

Côte d'Ivoire has engaged in reforestation to increase the presence of teak (Tectona grandis), black afara (Terminalia ivorensis) and gmelina (Gmelina arborea). Forests contribute to the national economy, and an estimated 150 000 cubic metres of timber is exported each year.


Two of Côte d'Ivoire's neighbours, Ghana and Liberia, are implementing VPAs.

Côte d'Ivoire is negotiating a VPA with the EU.



Voluntary Partnership Agreement status

VPA ratified:


VPA signed:


VPA agreed:


Negotiations started:

February 2013

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