Côte d’Ivoire, once a beacon of economic prosperity and political stability, has been wracked by conflict and volatility in recent years following a 2002 civil war and a 2010 post-election crisis when the incumbent president refused to accept defeat, leading to months of violence and unrest.
Today this West African nation – with the highest level of biodiversity in the region, vast mineral deposits and significant revenue from cocoa exports – is seeking to establish a roadmap for peacebuilding and economic recovery. Within this framework it aims to address environmental and natural resource governance on a national scale and as a precondition for sustainable development and conflict prevention.
Consequently, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, through its Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, requested that UNEP undertake a Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment (PCEA) in order to carry out systematic and quantitative analyses of the environment and natural resources based on remote sensing, environmental sampling and institutional assessment.
The assessment, to be released in September 2015, presents the current status of the environment in Côte d’Ivoire and examines how the conflict affected the state of the environment in the country. The assessment covers a diverse range of environmental issues with direct or indirect linkages to the conflict, including the degradation of forests, national parks and the Ébrié lagoon, unplanned urban expansion, industrial and artisanal mining and the risk of oil spill along the Côte d’Ivoire coastline. The report includes recommendations for practical, institutional and legal responses to the problems identified.
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