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Ivory Coast

UNESCO World Heritage

Ivory Coast, Historic Town of Grand-Bassam

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 08, 2012 at 12:54:07

Location Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast
Coordinates N5 11 45 E3 44 11
Property 110 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1322 )

The first capital of Côte d’Ivoire, the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam, is an example of a late 19th- and early 20th-century colonial town planned with quarters specializing in commerce, administration, housing for Europeans and for Africans. The site includes the N’zima African fishing village alongside colonial architecture marked by functional houses with galleries, verandas and gardens. Grand-Bassam was the most important port, economic and judicial centre of Côte d’Ivoire. It bears witness to the complex social relations between Europeans and Africans, and to the subsequent independence movement. As a vibrant centre of the territory of French trading posts in the Gulf of Guinea, which preceded modern Côte d’Ivoire, it attracted populations from all parts of Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean Levant.

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Historic Town, Grand-Bassam Town hall, Grand-Bassam

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Ivory Coast, Taï National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 08, 2012 at 11:34:19

Location Southwest region, Guiglo and Sassandra Districts, Ivory Coast
Coordinates N5 45 0 W7 40 0.012
Property 330,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1982

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/195 )

This park is one of the last major remnants of the primary tropical forest of West Africa. Its rich natural flora, and threatened mammal species such as the pygmy hippopotamus and 11 species of monkeys, are of great scientific interest.

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Tai National Park

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Ivory Coast, Comoé National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 07, 2012 at 11:22:36

Location Northeast region, Bouna and Ferkessedougou prefectures, Bouna, Kong, Nassian and Tehin sub-prefectures, Ivory Coast
Coordinates N9 0 0 W4 0 0
Property 1,150,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1983

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/227 )

One of the largest protected areas in West Africa, this park is characterized by its great plant diversity. Due to the presence of the Comoé river, it contains plants which are normally only found much farther south, such as shrub savannahs and patches of thick rainforest.

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Comoe National Park

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Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 31, 2009 at 16:40:16

Location Région de Lola - Guinea, Ivory Coast
Coordinates N7 36 11.448 W8 23 27.492
Property 18,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/155 )

Located on the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, Mount Nimba rises above the surrounding savannah. Its slopes are covered by dense forest at the foot of grassy mountain pastures. They harbour an especially rich flora and fauna, with endemic species such as the viviparous toad and chimpanzees that use stones as tools.

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Mount Nimba, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

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