/ Ivory Coast / Liberia
the United Nations Scientific,
Educational and Cultural Organization,
lists Mount Nimba as a strict
nature reserve, meaning it cannot
be used for cultivation, hunting,
reserve harbors rich flora and
fauna, including endemic species
like viviparous toads, which
give birth to live offspring,
does tree top picking, Bossou,
Guinea, 30 Jan 08
Mount Nimba is a mountain on the border
of Ivory Coast, Liberia and Guinea
in West Africa. With 1752 meter Mount
Nimba is the highest point of these
three countries. Mount Nimba is part
of the Nimba Massif.
Since 1944 the area
is a nature reserve, with the exception
of the Liberian part. . It has a size
of 180 km ² and is on the World
Heritage List of UNESCO. The reserve
is a closed, not open to tourism.
Mount Nimba is rich
in iron ore. In the Liberian part
of the volcano was intense mining
practiced until 1989 the reserves
By erosion and the
combination of low iron quartzite,
shale and granitogneiss have special
The mountain got its
name in December 1929 during the expedition
of Sempere, Sattler and Michelis.
Since 1992 Mount Nimba
is on the list of endangered World
Heritage. The conern is that Guinea
unilaterally the borders of the nature
and is reduced to one mining concession
granted for the extraction of ijzerts.
In 1993 a preliminary agreement on
the establishment of an enclave within
the boundaries of the park.
The political unrest
in the region of a functioning nature
reserve no. The government of Ivory
Coast has no control over its part
of the site. In Guinea, refugees have
sought refuge within the boundaries
of the reserve. Large parts of the
forest by shepherds and their flocks
In 2003, the operation
of the iron ore mine began. Illegal
hunting by miners draws heavily on
the reserve. The committee for the
World is sceptich on whether protection
of the heritage and mining to unite.
of iron ore is the planned construction
of a railway (Trans-Guinea railway).
The international mining consortium
ensures that the boundaries of the
park will not be exceeded.