Natural resources are plentiful in Guinea. Home to vast forests, the country also serves as the source of seven major West African rivers including the Gambia, the Niger, and the Sénégal. Variations in rainfall and temperatures have trans-boundary impacts on many of Guinea’s neighbors. Furthermore, the coastal mangrove forest stretching from Sierra Leone to Guinea Bissau protects the coast against sea level rise, soil and fresh water salinization and is a source of livelihoods.
USAID’s environment and natural resource management program supports the Guinean Government in the coordination and implementation of sound environmental policies and regulations, in alignment with international conventions. Activities conducted through the U.S. Forest Service help build capacity to conduct environmental impact assessments, and more broadly aim to educate the public about pertinent issues, such environmental degradation, the protection of critical forests and rivers, and forest co-management practices.
A regional program for conserving biodiversity has been supporting rural communities to manage Guinea’s forests in a profitable and sustainable fashion. The program has also helped strengthen institutions and legal frameworks which have resulted in more protected areas and improved forest governance.
Last updated: May 10, 2013