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The rain forests of West Africa were distinct as one of many world's hotspots of biodiversity. They expand from Ghana to Senegal and are known as the higher Guinean forests. as a result of their remoted place, they harbor lots of infrequent and endemic animal and plant species.

This publication makes a speciality of the biodiversity and ecology of those forests. It analyzes the standards that supply upward push to biodiversity and constitution tropical plant groups. it is usually an atlas with ecological profiles of infrequent plant species and massive trees species.

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4. 2). The distribution of the forested areas is heterogeneous: some blocks have maintained a forested character despite their proximity to urban centres (Agboville region), while some isolated blocks have long ago lost their forests (Hiré region). Some “forêts classées” in the studied blocks are devoid of all forest. Although a large proportion of forest is still found in the form of large 24 Deforestation at various scales West African scale West Africa is widely recognised as highly significant for the biodiversity conservation of the African dense forests (Conservation International 2001).

Forest cover changes in Côte d’Ivoire and Upper Guinea strong population growth (10% per year) during the years 1955-75. After the 1970s, however, this growth moved towards the southwest of the South region, most notably towards Fresco, which then had a record population growth (10% per year, compare to Aggboville: 3%). This shows that not only the population density plays a role, but also the intensity of population movement. 4. What can we do? At the scale of West Africa: All countries in West Africa show a lack of recent cartographic information, but this is stronger for the countries which have been at war for years such as Liberia or Sierra Leone.

We conclude that the rate of deforestation is related directly to the type of land use rather than to the density of the population. The lands situated along the road axes prior to 1958 were and are still occupied by populations that profit from and manage the forests and fallow fields in a sustainable way. In the peripheral zones, which were composed of dense forest in 1969, the lands have been occupied quickly and extensively with an aim of planting cash crops, often by non-indigenous populations who came from the northern regions of the country.

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