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Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mono Delta

As of: October 2018

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.

Project data

Benin, Togo

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Togo, Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development (MCVDD) - Benin
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Switzerland,Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Togo,Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development (MCVDD) - Benin

BMU grant:
€ 7,500,000

12/2013 till 03/2019


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