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Project/activity ID PD754/14 Rev.3 (F)
Title REHABILITATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF SACRED FORESTS ON RAMSAR SITES 1017 AND 1018 IN BENIN
Status OPERATIONAL
Budget
ITTO: $541.031,00
National Counterpart: $118.100,00
Project Total budget: $659.131,00
Summary
Ramsar sites 1017 and 1018 in Benin are dotted with pockets of sacred forests (SFs) which are rich with biodiversity, representing a natural heritage of great value due to their multiple biological, ecological, socio-cultural and economic functions. Currently these forest areas are subject to severe degradation that threatens the entire ecosystem of Ramsar sites and therefore the livelihoods of local people. This project intends to sustainably manage sacred forests within Ramsar sites 1017 and 1018 in Benin through the sustainable management of 40 sacred forests within these sites. It will contribute to achieve the building capacity of stakeholders and improving the living conditions of local communities. The project stems from the implementation of Pre-Project PPD 165/12 Rev.1 (F) titled “Study for the Rehabilitation and Sustainable Management of Sacred Forests on Ramsar Sites 1017 and 1018 in Benin”. Expected project outputs are as follows: (i) improved use of the resources of 40 sacred forests within RAMSAR Sites 1017 and 1018, (ii) the levels of income derived from sacred forests have been raised by 25% through the development of income generating activities and (iii) Forty (40) sacred forests have been integrated in the System of Municipal Protected Areas.
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