Kakoulima Forrest, Guinea
Nimba National Forest is a national forest in Nimba County, Liberia. The forest, which borders Guniea and Côte d’Ivoire, has east and west sections that cover 95.91 km² and 91.46 km² respectively. It is also known as the Mount Nimba Forest Reserves.
The Nimba landscape is centred on the Arcelor Mittal mining concession, which is located in the northern point of Nimba county, bordering Guinea and Ivory Coast. The Nimba mountain range dominates the landscape and is a protected area due to its unique mountain ecology. In and around the concession there is dense forest, including a Nature Reserve and several community forests.
Within the concession area, the main land use is shifting agriculture, particularly for rice and other subsistence crops. The land on the southern part of the landscape and around Saniquelle features more intensely produced lowland rice and smallholder rubber farms. The primary employer in the area is the Arcelor Mittal mine, but only a small proportion of the population are formally employed, while the rest live off trading, subsistence farming, hunting and other subsistence activities. Dependence upon the land and forest for food and livelihoods is very high.
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