Biodiversity is a priority in the development of Guinea-Bissau

20 October 2014

The government of Guinea-Bissau will put biodiversity at the heart of the development strategy for the country that it plans to put forward to the population and international partners in the coming months, said Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira.

“Guinea-Bissau has unique things that so far are not being explored,” he said regarding areas of land classified as natural heritage.

According to the Guinean authorities, about one-fifth (24.7 percent) of the territory of Guinea-Bissau is covered by protected areas – and the Bijagós archipelago with 88 islands and islets, is included on the list of biosphere reserves of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

According to Guinea-Bissau officials if the country makes use of its nature reserves its annual gross domestic product (GDP) “will be much bigger” than US$1 billion. (macauhub/GW)