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Major threats to Guinea Bissauâ's environment include deforestation, fires, soil erosion, over-fishing, and overgrazing.1 While industry has not led to dramatic increases of pollution, as the development process continues, some fear that this may threaten the Guinean environment.2 One specific concern is the prevalence of slash-and-burn agriculture, practiced widely throughout Guinea-Bissau, which has led to soil degradation and erosion.3 Guinea-Bissau is in the process of integrating climate change mitigation methods and adaptation scenarios into their national policies and frameworks. These changes are believed to be critical because of the country's extensive coastal areas. The base of the economy is agriculture, which could be negatively affected by climate changes.4

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1 http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/153179/
2 http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20guinea-bissau.htm
3 http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20guinea-bissau.htm
4 http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/natc/gnbnc2e.pdf
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Guinea-Bissau News

BBC Sport 
Guinea-Bissau's maiden participation at this year's Africa Cup of Nations has provided the platform for future qualifications, says the country's football federation president. Against all odds, the west African nation contested Gabon 2017 - despite ... See more..
Sport24 
Cape Town - Stand-in Bafana Bafana head coach Owen da Gama has announced his starting line-up to face Guinea-Bissau in an international friendly on Saturday. The two nations lock horns at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at 15:00. Da Gama has ... See more..
KickOff.com 
Cande, 69, is coaching Guinea Bissau for the second time, having previously led the team from 2003 to 2010. "We'll gain experience from this game," said Cande through translator. "For them [the Guinea Bissau players] it'll be good to test themselves ... See more..
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The president of Guinea-Bissau's football federation has said he will quit football if incumbent Issa Hayatou loses Thursday's Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidential elections. The Cameroonian, who has been in power since 1988, faces ... See more..
defenceWeb 
Protests in Guinea Bissau Hundreds of protesters marched in Guinea Bissau's capital at the weekend to demand the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz, the ... See more..
DailyNews 
BISSAU - Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on Saturday to demand the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz, the latest sign of growing anti-government sentiment following an 18-month-long political crisis. The former ... See more..
The Siver Times 
In turn, the team of Guinea-Bissau remains one of the weakest national teams of the African continent. Guinea-Bissau has never made it to the final of the World Cup in its history, and only once in 2017 will become a participant in the group tournament ... See more..
africanews 
Guinea-Bissau. Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on Saturday to demand the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz, the latest sign of growing anti-government sentiment following an 18-month-long political crisis. ADVERTISING. See more..
defenceWeb 
Apparently Guinea-Bissau recently took delivery of a fisheries patrol boat from Spain's Astilleros de Bermeo Sociedad Limitada. The 21 metre long N'Djamba Mane is powered by two 750 hp MTU engines giving a range of more than 200 miles, According to ... See more..
UN News Centre 
The United Nations Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as ... See more..
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal
Area

Total 36,125 sq km
Land 28,120 sq km
Water 8,005 sq km

Climate

tropical; generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds ;
Natural Resources

fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, clay, granite, limestone, unexploited deposits of petroleum ;
Natural Hazards

hot, dry, dusty harmattan haze may reduce visibility during dry season; brush fires
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; overgrazing; overfishing ;

Demographics

Nationality
Bissau-Guinean
Population
1,660,870 (July 2013 est.)
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One of the poorest countries in the world, Guinea-Bissau's legal economy depends mainly on farming and fishing, but trafficking in narcotics is probably the most lucrative trade. The combination of limited economic prospects, a weak and faction-ridden government, and favorable geography have made this West African country a way station for drugs bound for Europe. Cashew crops have increased remarkably in recent years; low rainfall hindered cereals and other crops in 2011. Guinea-Bissau exports fish and seafood along with small amounts of peanuts, palm kernels, and timber. Rice is the major crop and staple food. However, intermittent fighting between Senegalese-backed ...See More government troops and a military junta destroyed much of the country's infrastructure and caused widespread damage to the economy in 1998; the civil war led to a 28% drop in GDP that year, with partial recovery in 1999-2002. In December 2003, the World Bank, IMF, and UNDP were forced to step in to provide emergency budgetary support in the amount of $107 million for 2004, representing over 80% of the total national budget. The government is successfully implementing a three-year $33 million extended credit arrangement with the IMF that runs through 2012. In December 2010 the World Bank and IMF announced support for $1.2 billion worth of debt relief. Guinea-Bissau made progress with debt relief in 2011 when members of the Paris Club opted to write-off much of the country''s obligations. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.963 billion (2012 est.); $1.992 billion (2011 est.); $1.891 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, corn, beans, cassava (manioc), cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton; timber; fish
Industries

agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks