Fighting floods through the conservation and development of gallery forests, and providing reliable cartographic coverage for Benin
At a glance
Flood management and improvements in food security better respond to the needs of the communities
This involves the development and use of an early warning and information system on floods as well as support for the mainstreaming of environmental and climate-related issues in the development plans and budgets of the districts concerned. Adaptation measures to address flood impacts will also be implemented in targeted districts.
The degradation and encroachment of the gallery forests of the lower valley of the OuÃ©mÃ© river is reduced.
Support will be provided for the development of a policy and legal framework for integrating gallery forests, in the form of community-based conservation areas, into the network of protected areas. Analysis of institutional changes needed for the adoption of a new management structure for gallery forests involving communities and traditional authorities will be undertaken. Sustainable local forest management institutions will be strengthened or set up, with the aim of signing partnership agreements for the sustainable management of gallery forests.
Sustainable use models are implemented in and around gallery forests.
In partnership with research institutions, and through a participatory planning process, sustainable management plans for gallery forests, buffer zones and connection corridors will be prepared. Incentives will be identified for the sustainable management of these areas, and support will be provided to local communities for the development of alternative activities. Support kits for the sustainable production of non-timber forest products, medicinal plants and ecotourism services will be developed.
New GIS data and topographic maps covering the whole territory of Benin are available to ensure information on, among other things, the effects of climate change.
Acquiring geographical information systems (GIS) and cartographic equipment, developing skills in their use and producing up-to-date topographic maps of the entire national territory are considered pre-requisites for modelling the impact of rainfall and setting up a flood early warning system. This will also contribute to the assessment and monitoring of other climate change impacts (such as droughts) and of land use changes and forest carbon stocks. Planned activities include the completion of the national cartographic coverage by high-resolution satellite imagery; the development of a geographical information system; and the production of thematic maps based on image interpretation.
Capacities for the use and management of GIS tools and map production are strengthened at the National Geographical Institute (IGN).
A needs assessment for IGN staff will be undertaken, followed by the training of IGN staff in GIS management and satellite image processing. A business plan including commercial and communication strategies will be prepared for IGN.
Combating the effects of climate change, while accompanying the Poverty Reduction Growth Strategy.