Guinée forestière

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Guinée forestière (Forested Guinea) is a forested mountainous region in southeastern Guinea, extending into northeastern Sierra Leone. It is one of four natural regions into which Guinea is divided and covers 23% of the country. It includes all of the Nzérékoré administrative region.

It is known for its diverse ethnic population, including the Toma and Lissi groups, and also shelters a large number of refugees from the Sierra Leone Civil War, the Liberian Civil Wars and the Côte d'Ivoire Civil War. Nzérékoré is the largest city.

The area also has a rich fauna and flora. The Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve lies 70% inside Guinea and also extends into Côte d'Ivoire. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes significant portions of Mont Nimba, a geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species and a rich fauna and flora including duikers, big cats (lion and leopard), civets, and two species of viviparous toad.[1][2][3]

In the Simandou Range and at Mont Nimba, Guinée forestière has iron deposits which are amongst the highest quality known worldwide (66-68% estimated iron content). In a poor country like Guinea mining is the most important source of income and exports but poses a threat to the natural environment and biodiversity.[4]

Both former President Moussa Dadis Camara and former Prime Minister Jean-Marie Doré are from the Guinée forestière.


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  3. ^,_Guinea_and_C%C3%B4te_d'Ivoire Encyclopedia of Earth - Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. Accessed 13 December 2010
  4. ^ Threats to the Bossou and Nimba chimpanzees. Accessed 13 december 2010

External links[edit]

  • [1] This Fab Trek - Guinea, N'zérékoré to Macenta, 1 December 2006. Accessed 13 December 2010.