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
News from Côte d'Ivoire
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- Governance gain in Côte d’Ivoire with new contract for independent forest observers 29.04.2016
- Côte d’Ivoire and the EU hold second VPA negotiation session 04.09.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire begins legality verification discussions following second VPA negotiation session with EU in Brussels 23.07.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire negotiation group refines definition of legal timber 11.04.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire prepares for second round of VPA negotiations 24.02.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire provides VPA information on the lead ministry’s website 30.09.2013
- Côte d’Ivoire VPA roadmap and summary of first negotiations available online 30.07.2013
- Côte d’Ivoire and the European Union launch VPA negotiations in Abidjan 17.06.2013
- Côte d'Ivoire and the EU start negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement 15.03.2013
- Workshop in Ivory Coast to inform stakeholders on Voluntary Partnership Agreements 26.09.2012
- Minutes from second round of negotiations (in French)
- Minutes from first round of negotiations (in French)
- Tentative negotiation roadmap (in French)
- Joint commitment between the EU and Côte d’Ivoire for the start of VPA negotiations (in French)