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The rain forests of West Africa were special as one of many world's hotspots of biodiversity. They expand from Ghana to Senegal and are known as the higher Guinean forests. due to their remoted place, they harbor loads of infrequent and endemic animal and plant species.
This publication specializes in the biodiversity and ecology of those forests. It analyzes the criteria that provide upward push to biodiversity and constitution tropical plant groups. it is usually an atlas with ecological profiles of infrequent plant species and big trees species.
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Not all forests in that domain have been cut however. A certain number of forests which are not “forêts classées” still exist today, often as groves that are difficult to access or are unexploitable. In and around “forêts classées” the regulations against clearing for agricultural use, although in principle absolute, have not always been respected. As a result of this, more than half of the “forêts classées” area has been cleared. Numerous factors determine conservation: the existence of real management and protection projects (as for example in the Taï National Park and the Yapo forest), population pressure around the forests, accessibility and exploitability of the forests.
12 Development of human population and of deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire. constitutes a brake to the flow of migrants. The “modernisation” of land rights is not without conflicts with the traditional land system. In addition, in times of economic crisis, many people are drawn to agriculture as a means of survival, putting more pressure on the lands as yet unoccupied. At the scale of the entire system (9), the lack of equilibrium of the relationship with the environment that was prevalent during the 1950s is still in place.
The future development remains unclear: forest regeneration, stabilisation, or disappearance? Until the 1950s, the main attack on the forest was forest exploitation itself. The boom in cash crops was still to come and the population density remained very low. Then the plantation economy started, and in its initial phase the growth of the population had a very negative impact on the forest. Later, population growth lost its impact, partly due to intensification of land exploitation, partly to measures of land management and development.