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Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve - Guinea & Cote-D'ivoire

Map showing the location of Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve world heritage site in Guinea and Ivory CoastIn Danger from 1992 to present

Website Category:  Mountains

Area: 177 km2

Inscribed: 1981, 1982

Criteria: (ix) ecological processes; (x) biodiversity

Values:  The Mount Nimba range rises abruptly from the surrounding plains to an altitude of 1752m, the highest point in West Africa. Its location and isolation from other mountains has resulted in the evolution of many endemic or near-endemic species, especially amongst the fauna and flora of the high altitude grasslands. Part of the range is protected as a trans-boundary reserve between Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, supporting an exceptional variety of forest and savanna habitats and biodiversity. But its protected status is compromised because the range contains some of the highest grade iron ore in the world, and mining interests have taken precedence in the Liberian sector and resulted in an extensive excision on the Guinean side.

Other International Designation: MAB Biosphere Reserve

 

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Links to other world heritage mountains:  uKhahlamba-Drakensberg  I  Simien  I  Kilimanjaro  I  Mount Kenya  I  Rwenzori    

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Tree ferns are common in the moist valleys of the lower slopes of the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve world heritage site in Guinea and Ivory Coast Ecological isolation has resulted in high levels of endemism, especially amongst invertebrate groups such as these snails, in the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve world heritage site in Guinea and Ivory Coast Grasslands are characteristic of the upper slopes of the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve world heritage site in Guinea and Ivory Coast The highest point in West Africa lies within the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve world heritage site in Guinea and Ivory Coast

 

 

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