Corruption Perception Index
A country's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
Source: Transparency International
Bans & quota
Côte d’Ivoire has an export ban for logs from natural forests and has export quota for fresh wood. Additionally, there is an export ban for small diameter wood of the genus Pterocarpus spp. (e.g. Padouk, Kosso, bois de Vêne).
CITES and protected species
The Afrormosia / Assamela (Pericopsiselata) comes from Côte d’Ivoire and is listed in CITES' Appendix II comes from Côte d’Ivoire. The commercialisation of this species in Côte d’Ivoire has been suspended by the nation's government. Vène wood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) has also been banned from harvest, sale and export (Decree No. 2013-508 of 25 July 2013) and is also listed in CITES' Appendix II.
National action on timber legality
As part of a broad effort to improve governance in the country, Côte d’Ivoire has initiated a series of measures to improve the governance of its forest sector. In addition to forest law reforms, in 2013 Côte d’Ivoire began the process of negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union. Since then, two formal negotiation sessions have taken place, as well as ongoing technical missions and discussions, and substantial progress has been made at the national level.
On 23 May 2018, the Ivorian Government adopted the National Strategy for the Preservation, Rehabilitation and Extension of Forests (SPREF - Stratégie nationale de Préservation, de Réhabilitation et d’Extension des Forêts), with an operational action plan that will enable Côte d'Ivoire to increase its forest cover rate to 20% of the national territory by 2045, while preserving ecological, social and economic aspects.
The priorities of the national strategy are declined as follows:
- Improvement of forest governance;
- Enhanced protection of residual forest massifs;
- Rehabilitation of damaged forest areas and adaptation to climate change.
As part of the improvement of forest governance, one of the major axes of the National Strategy - the National Programme for the Improvement of Forest Governance in Côte d'Ivoire (PNAGF-CI - Programme National d’Amélioration de la Gouvernance Forestière en Côte d’Ivoire) - was launched in 2019. In addition to these new initiatives, it is important to remember that Côte d'Ivoire has been engaged in (i) negotiations towards a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union since June 2013 and (ii) in the REDD+ mechanism.
Third party certification
In 2019, in Côte d’Ivoire, the Certificate of the Origin and Legality of Timber (OLB - Origine et Légalité des Bois) was the only one used to certify companies. This represented roughly 1.1 million hectares of forests.