When a major agribusiness company began clearing the rich reservoir of biodiversity of southeast Côte d'Ivoire's Tanoé Swamps Forest for an oil palm plantation, ecologists and local communities demonstrated in favour of preserving it.
Local and international joined the resistance, but it was won primarily by local activists who sent letters of protest to the Ivorien authorities.
"The palm oil project threatened to cause the disappearance of plant and animal species found only in the Tanoé forest," said Inza Koné, coordinator of Recherche et Actions pour la Sauvegarde de Primates en Côte-d’Ivoire (RASAP-CI), an Abidjan-based NGO working to protect primate species.
The Tanoé forest is situated between the Ehy lagoon and the Tanoé River, the natural frontier between Côte d'Ivoire and its eastern neighbour, Ghana.
Koné explained that the three most endangered primate species in West Africa are found in the forest: the Miss Waldron's ...