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Sunday 5 July 2020
Discover the natural and cultural potentiality of W Park periphery!

The regional W Park is one of the first biosphere transboarder reserve of West Africa. It extends through three countries: Bénin, Burkina Faso and Niger. W Park is, in Bénin, at the Northern headland of the country, irrigated by the Niger river’s effluents It benefits of a sudanian weather and offers a dramatic variety of vegetation, as gallery forests and every kind of savannah. A rich, diversified and abundant fauna might be found: the cheetah, the lycaon, the leopard, the sassaby.

Banikoara, Kandi, Karimama and Malanville are the main municipalities in Northern Bénin. They are known as the peripheral municipalities of W Park / Bénin. They had to cede their lands domains to contribute to the realisation and conservation of the biosphere transboarder reserve of the W of Bénin (RTB / Bénin).

Ricerca e Cooperazione ( RC – Research and Cooperation) is an Italian NGO working in Northern Bénin in partnership with the National Centre of Management of Fauna Reserves (CENAGREF). RC and the CENAGREF work together for the development of the peripheral populations of W Park in the framework of the project «Local development and conservation of the environment in the framework of the support to the NEPAD. Investments in the area of development of ecological block WAP (RTB/B): Local development, participative management of natural resources, economy of biodiversity in the department of ALIBORI – BENIN», started in October 2007 and co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Eco-tourism is one of the several programmes through which RC and the CENAGREF intervene at the grassroots level in order to boost the conservation of the W Park’s natural resources. Our other programmes are 1) support to the decentralisation process, 2) environmental education, 3)support to shepherds, 4)credit and ?? agriculture activities .

The programme for the development of community-based-eco-tourism assists populations in developing touristic services that:
- contribute to the conservation of cultural patrimony
strongly contribute to local sustainable development, as touristic incomes highly boost local economy and development (in being shared as follows):
65% services (guides, artisans and human resources), 25% community projects and 10% functioning taxes of village associations.
contribute to the protection of the natural resources of W Park and its Periphery.

The eco-guides of the W Park will warmly welcome you, and invite you to discover the region. Be the pioneer of community eco-tourism at the periphery of the National W Park.

Brochure community-based ecotourism
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