Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mono Delta
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The Adjame wetland area in the delta of the Mono River at the border to Benin and Togo comprises of 2250 Km2. After a series of preparatory steps, the biosphere reserve has very good chances of being classified under the MAB-UNESCO world network. The project aims to sustainably secure the biodiversity and ecosystem services of the targeted reserve especially for the local communities. Thus the reserve should be protected, sustainably used and have a participatory cross-border management. Ecosystem services with a special significance for flood risk management will be anchored in the development plans and initiatives of the region. The good practices and experiences will be remoulded and incorporated in international networks. Through a combined handling of biodiversity and ecosystem protection, the project makes a lasting contribution to the implementation of the CBD and also enhances the ecosystem-based climate change adaptation capacity of the region.
State of implementation/results
- In December 2016 the goverments of Benin and Togo agreed on the establishment of a crossborder biosphere reserve around the Mono river.---- The designated area in the Mono Delta has already been submitted for recognition in 2016 in the "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB) Universe World Network
- The official acknowledgment document arrived in June 2017
- Two local development plans are already taking into account preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services
- A watershed plan taking into account conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services is in preparation
- In 2017, land was afforested in the intervention areas of Naglanou, Adjamé, Bouche du Roy, Akissa, Chenal de Gbaga and Godjè-Godjin.
- In December 2017, a further meeting of all partner NGOs took place for the purpose of furthering their coaching role vis-à-vis the local management committees under the direction of the project
- Several information videos were produced and scientific articles, which were produced in the context of the biosphere reserve have been published
- Representatives of the political partners of Benin and Togo took part in the African Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) General Assembly held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from 11 to 15 September 2017 and presented project experiences there.
- Togo has introduced its own management structure for the Togodo National Park, which is now the direct contact point of the project.