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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

News24 
In this deeply impoverished west African nation, where 12% of land is dedicated to cashew production, GDP is projected to be up 5.2% this year, UN Special Representative to Guinea-Bissau Modibo Toure said in late August, thanks in part to the high prices. See more..
International Monetary Fund 
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Tobias Rasmussen visited Guinea-Bissau from September 20 to October 3, 2017, to conduct discussions for the 2017 Article IV consultation and the fourth review of Guinea Bissau's IMF-supported program ... See more..
Coinspeaker 
Hence, opportunities abound for investors seeking virgin lands to do business around the telecom industry in Guinea-Bissau. On the other hand, the encroachment of such technological infrastructure also prepares the nation for a revolutionized economy ... See more..
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Journalducameroun.com - English - (press release) (blog) 
Nuno Nabian, the chairman of the opposition United People's Democratic Assembly of Guinea-Bissau (APU -PDGB) has announced a planned mass rally to demand President José Mário Vaz's resignation.“We will send people to the streets, we will work with ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
On 17 July 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2048 (2012) concerning Guinea-Bissau held informal consultations to hear a briefing from the Chair on his visit to Guinea-Bissau between 13 and 15 June, and to consider ... See more..
Independent 
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau | AFP | Authorities in Guinea-Bissau have blocked the September salary payments of nearly a third of the country's 13,000 civil servants ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Lassana Kassama, head coach of Guinea-Bissau female team has expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Gambian referee, following his side 2-0 defeat to The Gambia national women team in an international friendly match on Saturday. See more..
Times of Oman 
Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has sent a cable of greetings to President Jose Mario Vaz of the Republic of Guinea Bissau on the occasion of his country's Independence Day anniversary. In his cable, His Majesty the Sultan has expressed his ... See more..
Macauhub 
Guinea-Bissau raised 4.505 billion CFA france (US$8.057 billion) with the placement of a three-year bond issue, the West African Monetary Union treasury bond agency said. The issue was made at the request of the General Directorate of the Treasury and ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Gambia's female senior Scorpions on Saturday silenced counterparts Guinea Bissau at the Independence Stadium, Bakau. The Scorpions muted the Bissau outfit courtesy of two unanswered goals in a match that showed fine display of football. Donning blue ... 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