Ivory Coast has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.

Ivory Coast has lost most of its forest cover in the last 50 years. Now, local organisations in Ivory Coast are actively engaged in protecting the country’s forests and the communities who depend on them.

We began working in Ivory Coast in 2015 providing legal support and advice to local partners.

What we're doing

We urgently need to protect what’s left of Ivory Coast’s forests. Our work hopes to reinforce the rights of communities and promote their role in sustainably managing this vital resource.

Forest communities have a right to be informed and to participate in the decision-making process on access to and management of forestry resources. Together with our in-country lawyers, we are gathering and analysing forest laws in order to make them more accessible, and providing training and legal advice to those who are involved in drafting the country’s new forest laws and monitoring their implementation.

We’ve also been supporting civil society in negotiations with the EU on a new timber trade agreement with Ivory Coast, which seeks to combat illegal logging. We work to ensure that the voices of local communities are heard and that their rights are taken into account.

We also work on developing better legal frameworks for trade in other forest risk commodities like cocoa, Ivory Coast being one of the world’s leading cocoa producers.

Ivory Coast Law Database

ClientEarth has developed a database of main policies and laws applicable in Ivory Coast concerning forest governance , natural resources and community rights. We hope the database will support Ivorian civil society by facilitating their access to information.

We plan to update the database according to changes in the legal framework – for example, the regulatory framework around the Forest Code is currently under review. We hope the database will support Ivorian civil society by facilitating their access to information.