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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 
Central African Republic (CAR) are seeking to emulate Guinea Bissau and qualify for their first Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2019. Midfielder Franklin Anzite told the BBC that Wild Dogs proved by being at this year's tournament in Gabon that "there ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
For two years, parliament and Guinea-Bissau's government have been at loggerheads. Meanwhile, frustration is rising among the people as public infrastructure falls apart. "The ball is back in our court, only we can help solve our own problems," ... See more..
D+C Development and Cooperation (press release) 
The small country of Guinea-Bissau is home to over 20 ethnic groups. This diversity implies different cultures, rituals, languages and political and social rules. Usually people coexist peacefully, but when conflicts do erupt, they tend to revolve ... See more..
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africanews 
A first group of 65 men from the 5th Nigerian contingent of the Ecowas mission in Guinea Bissau left on Sunday and headed for lagos. The withdrawal of all 700 men will be gradual, as the heads of state of ECOWAS pledged to extend their mission by a few ... See more..
WorldOil (subscription) 
LONDON -- Bissau Exploration Company (BEC) has announced the signing a joint venture participation agreement between themselves and A Empresa Nacional de Pesquisa e Exploracao Petroliferas (Petroguin) for petroleum exploration, development and ... See more..
Reliefweb 
The Report was discussed and analyzed today at the Government Palace in Bissau in a meeting on international recommendations on human rights made to Guinea-Bissau. The meeting, was presided over by the Minister of State for Energy, Florentino ... See more..
Lusaka Times 
Guinea Bissau joined Mozambique at the top of Group K of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers after beating Namibia on Saturday evening. The 2017 AFCON debutants beat Namibia 1-0 in late Group K kick-off in Bissau. Jerson's 24th minute goal saw Guinea Bissau ... See more..
African Review 
Guinea Bissau The new power plant is aimed at enhancing power generation capacities in Guinea-Bissau to meet the growing demand of electricity in the country. (Image source: BrotherMagneto/Flickr). The international public tender was promoted by the ... See more..
Front Page Africa 
On the situation in Guinea Bissau, the Authority expressed its deep concern over the persistence of the political and institutional impasse in that country despite the signing of the Conakry Accord, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the protracted ... See more..
africanews 
Close to 2000 Protesters in Guinea Bissau have taken to the streets demanding the departure of president José Mario Vaz. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads. The protesters and forces of law and order clashed in an exchange of stones and tear gas ... 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