Cavally and Goin - Debe Forest Reserves

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
The site is located north-west of Taï National Park (IBA CI011) in south-western Côte d’Ivoire. The south-eastern border is formed by the Cavally river, which marks the frontier with Liberia. The site comprises lowland evergreen forest, punctuated in places by inselbergs.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. No avifaunal survey of these forests has been published. The site is the only one in the country known to hold Malimbus ballmanni. The presence of inselbergs suggest that Picathartes may be expected as, given the quality of much of the habitat, may a full forest avifauna. The site will almost certainly qualify for the Guinea–Congo Forests biome once better known.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
These forests have, until recently, remained largely intact due to their remoteness—the lack of roads—but the situation is now changing with the increase in human population pressures in the region, such that there has been some significant encroachment in western part of Goin Forest Reserve.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cavally and Goin - Debe Forest Reserves. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.