BENIN: African Parks takes over Beninese part of the W National Park

The government of Benin has entrusted the African Parks Association with the management of the Beninese part of the W National Park in the north-east of the country. This protected area is located between Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Close to 3 years after the Pendjari National Park, the government of Benin entrusted the African Parks Association with the management of the W National Park. With a total area of 50,000 km², this reserve straddles the border between Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. The part for which African Parks is now responsible covers an area of 563,000 hectares.

“The association should ensure the preservation of the biodiversity of the W-Benin National Park with the support of the Beninese Ministry of the Living Environment and Sustainable Development, the National Agency for the Promotion of Heritage and the Development of Tourism (ANPT), as well as the National Centre for the Management of Wildlife Reserves (Cenagref). The assignment of the delegated management of the park to African Parks is part of the national progressive investment programme “Benin Revealed”, set up by the Government of Benin to accelerate investments in several key sectors of the economy such as tourism.

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Source: Afrik21