Coexistence in the river delta

The delta region of the Mono river at the border between Benin and Togo is home to hippos, buffalos and marshbucks. The small West African countries have a total of 16 million inhabitants and the birth rate is very high. With 80 percent of the locals depending on farming, fishing and the timber industry the region's environment and biodiversity are increasingly under pressure. Local NGOs and German development corporation GIZ are now trying to protect some coastal waters to give fish stocks a chance to recover. They are also turning former wildlife hunters into game wardens and boosting eco-tourism activities to give people an alternative to exploiting their environment.

A film by Christian Pricelius



6:56 Minutes


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