Protecting sacred forests in Côte d'Ivoire, for people and planet

05 June 2022
On the outskirts of an Ivorian forest, three young men are crouching on the ground around a traditional mask. They are about to participate in a "mask race" tournament in the county of Biankouma, Côte d'Ivoire.
Caption: A "mask race" tournament was organized in the county of Biankouma, Côte d’Ivoire, in June 2021, as part of a project called "Preventing and managing identity conflicts related to the desecration and exploitation of the sacred forests of Biankouma" led by UNESCO and UNDP and supported by the Peacebuilding Fund.
Photo: © UNESCO Office in Côte d'Ivoire
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