Boé area

The Boé area in Guinea Bissau is a core area for the chimpanzee in this part of Africa linked to the Foutah Djallon in neighbouring Guinea . The area measures more than 3,000 km2. Its main part is cut off from the rest of the country by the Rio Corubal. To the South and East the Boé shares the international boundary with Guinea Conakry.

Its isolated position and the general lack of resources are impediments to development, but did also create favourable conditions for the conservation of natural and cultural values.

Biodiversity as major asset

The biodiversity of Boé is the region’s major asset: as a source of food security and ecologically sound income generation such as bee-keeping and traditional medicine, but also as an opportunity for the development of ecotourism as a new source of income.

Population growth

The local communities of the Boé sector have maintained their way of life, scraping a meagre living out of the narrow valleys that intersect the laterite cap overlaying the region. Population growth and the arrival of immigrants have pushed the area towards the edges of what the land can sustainably support. It becomes sometimes difficult for the population to bridge the food gap before the new harvest can be brought in. The region’s rich biodiversity, with its relatively large chimpanzee population is under threat, mainly because of the growing pressure of agricultural.

Bauxite mining

The ecosystems and biodiversity of the Boé region are threatened by bauxite mining concessions for the south-east. Active bauxite mines would lead to a further increase of the human population beyond carrying capacities, deforestation, and degradation of the environment. The large and important population of chimpanzees would get seriously threatened by these developments.

Protected area

Daridibó and its sister organization Chimbo have supported IBAP to make part of the Boé an officially protected area. The many sacred forests in the rest of the area are protected by the local population