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Land and Resources, Environmental Issues

fuelwood, safe drinking water, rural areas, limited access, increasing pressure

Togoís high population growth rate has placed increasing pressure on the countryís natural resources. The need for fuelwood has resulted in one of the highest rates of deforestation in Africa. This has led to the desert encroaching from the north, although the government has launched a reforestation program to try to halt the desertís advance. Some of Togoís many mammalian species are threatened. Nearly 7.9 percent (1997) of the country is protected, however, and a number of international conservation agreements have been signed. Other problems include limited access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation services in rural areas.



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