The long-term preservation and protection of the Pendjari Complex can only be achieved with active participation and engagement with local communities and local authorities.
Agriculture is the main livelihood for local communities, and limited space is the main issue faced by local populations. On the outskirts of Pendjari, 30,000 hectares are occupied by local communities for agricultural production and livestock, therefore we need to prioritise the prevention of human-wildlife conflict situations - as well as the creation of alternative and more sustainable livelihoods.
Education, Economic Impact and the Environment
To build this partnership over the long term, African Parks will focus on education, economic impact and protecting and restoring the environment. Our aim is to provide quality education that will support economic and social transformation while raising awareness of environmental issues.
A tourism economy is a strong driving force for development and is a top priority in our efforts to support local economic development and job opportunities for the communities. The revitalisation of Pendjari is one of the 45 flagship projects of the investment programme "Revealing Benin" launched in December 2016 by the Presidency of Benin. Tourism is one of the strategic sectors targeted by this programme, the objective being to take advantage of the historical, cultural and natural heritage of Benin to develop a tourist industry that provides strong economic outcomes and jobs. Beyond the exceptional fauna and flora, the Afro-Portuguese architecture of Porto-Novo, or the memorials of the slave trade in Ouidah, are prime examples. The preserved coastline of the country is also a solid asset for the development of a qualitative ecotourism offer.
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