Status and Trends of Biodiversity
Located in the heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso possesses interesting sites such as the Pics de Sindou, the Karfiguela Waterfall, the Sacred Dafra Pond, and the Tengréla Lake. In addition, the Hippopotamus Pond and the Oursi Pond have been established as Ramsar sites. Burkina Faso has suffered from frequent droughts since the 1970’s. The drastic climatic conditions, together with harmful human activities have greatly contributed to the degradation of agricultural soils. The country’s economy is essentially based on agriculture and breeding (85% of the population works in these fields). Some of Burkina Faso’s threatened species include panthers, elephants, crocodiles, and pythons.