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[an error occurred while processing this directive] The forests of Burkina Faso are most directly threatened by the mining industry, which is especially damaging due to archaic mining techniques, and by slash-and-burn agriculture and tree-cutting for fuelwood to sustain a rapidly growing population.

Burkina Faso has no primary tropical forests and limited biodiversity. World Resources Institute notes 1,100 species of plants, 452 birds, and 147 mammals in the country.

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Last updated: 4 Feb 2006