|Town/Region||Batia , Kankohoum-Dassari, Sepounga, Tanongou|
|Date||12 Jun 2018|
National Park of Pendjari is adjacent to agroforestry systems which hold several native species. Those species provide food (for human and fodder for animal) in times of scarcity and other products that generate income to farmers and their families while helping to stabilize soils. However, much of the species are often neglected in policy decisions and landscape strategies. Lack of knowledge among farmers has exacerbated this problem: farmers clear areas with most of those agroforestry species and keep few of them; yet this has negative impacts on both the environment and livelihoods. Consequently, their population is highly decreasing, and ask for concrete actions.
This project comes as a revitalizer and will address biodiversity recovery, ecosystem service supplying and poverty reduction in northern Benin through integrating/keeping wild edible plants into farming systems and building capacity among conservationists. This project is timely and could help to contribute to limit incursion in the core area of the reserve while ensuring its sustainable management and increasing its visibility. It comes in continuation to the two previously financed Rufford small grants (as wild palm could not be sufficient for the whole landscape restoration) and aims at conserving the agroforestry systems adjacent to the National Park of Pendjari, a model of biodiversity conservation area in West Africa through use of ethnobiological approaches, propagation and environmental education measures.
Read about Alix's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/alix_frank_rodrigue_idohou_0 or for more information contact: