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Côte d'Ivoire


  General Description   The Comoé Biosphere Reserve is located in the north-east of the Côte d'Ivoire between the Comoé and the Volta River. It comprises an interfluvial peneplain and a series of ridges and granite inselbergs rising up to 600 m. The area represents a transitional habitat from the savanna to the rain forest, normally found only further south. Open forests and savanna (with Panicum spp. and Ctenium spp.) characteristic of the Sudano-Guinean zone, occupy about 90% of the area while gallery forests (dominated by Cynometra vogelii) and dense dry forests cover about 10%. Among the endangered species in the area are the roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) and the plant Datura spp. which is used for artificial coloring and sold for 600$ per kg on the international market (1995).
About 210 people live in the core area of the biosphere reserve (1998). However, many ethnic groups live contiguous to the biosphere reserve. They are mostly reliant upon agricultural and hunting activities. Poaching of elephant, pangolin and waterbuck for subsistence and commercial use is a major management problem. The Comoé Biosphere Reserve has a great potential for ecotourism which could become a main source of income. The Comoé BR participates in the UNESCO-MAB/UNEP-GEF regional project on ‘Building Scientific and Technical Capacity for Effective Management and Sustainable Use of Dryland biodiversity in West African Biosphere Reserves’.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical dry or deciduous forests
  Major habitats & land cover types   Open forest with Burkea africana, Combretum micranthum, Afzelia africana, Daniellia oliveri and Isoberlinia doka; savanna woodland characterized by Panicum spp., Ctenium spp., Combretum spp. and Gardenia spp.; gallery forest dominated by Cynometra vogelii; dense dry forest dominated by Isoberlinia doka, Anogeissus leiocarpus, Cola cordifolia, Antiaris africana and Blighia unijugata; floodplains dominated by Hyparrhenia rufa; aquatic habitats; rocky inselbergs; pasture land
  Location   08°05' to 09°06'N; 03°01' to 04°04'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   1,150,000
  Core area(s)   1,150,000
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +119 to +658
  Year designated   1983
  Administrative authorities   La Direction de la Protection de la Nature (DPN), Ministère de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Animales Le Centre de Recherche en Ecologie (CRE) de l’Université d’Abobo-Adjamé
  Brief description   Biodiversity
Flora and fauna
Participatory management of natural resources and fauna
Socio-economic study on poaching
Mapping of the different biosphere reserve zones
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Biodiversity, fauna, flora, natural resources.
  Socio-economic   Hunting, local participation, social/socio-economic aspects.
  Integrated monitoring   Management issues, mapping, planning and zoning measures/zonation.
  Contact address   Martine Thoux Touao
Directrice du Centre de Recherche en Ecologie (CRE)
Université d’ Abobo-Adjame, 08 BP 109
Côte d'Ivoire
  Telephone   (225) 21 25 73 36 (office)
  Fax   (225) 21 24 01 91

Last updated: 14/03/2005

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