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Agroforestry and reforestation in Côte d’Ivoire: Weighing investor risks and opportunities

Agroforestry and reforestation in Côte d’Ivoire: Weighing investor risks and opportunities

Between 1960 and 2017, Côte d'Ivoire's forest cover declined from 12 million hectares to less than 3 million hectares as agriculture, cocoa production in particular, expanded. To address the alarming degradation of its forests, Côte d’Ivoire has committed to restoring its forest cover to at least 20% of the national territory by 2030, from the current 11%. To achieve this ambitious goal, the Ivorian Government has developed various policy and legal instruments. The Forest Code adopted in 2019 provides the framework for action to extend and restore the country’s forest cover. 

A tree nursery managed by a local cooperative by EU REDD Facility

Private sector engagement is essential in achieving Côte d’Ivoire’s forest restoration objectives, in particular through supporting the integration and management of trees in cocoa plantations. Yet investors interested in agroforestry and replantation projects often struggle to understand Côte d’Ivoire’s legal context, and related opportunities and risks.

New analysis by environmental charity ClientEarth and the EU REDD Facility details the legal issues that may support or hinder the development of (agro)forestry projects in land from the rural domain and to provide various investors interested in such projects with relevant information to assess the corresponding risks and opportunities.

The report makes the case that improved land tenure security in Côte d’Ivoire’s rural domain  is an essential condition for achieving these aims. Once land tenure is secure, the report’s authors argue, considerable investment potential will be unlocked.

Read the report: Legal framework for agroforestry in Côte d’Ivoire’s rural domain