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News A workshop to advance further actions towards ecosystem services in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin

Source CEBioS
Release date 18/10/2018
Contributor Lucie Ongena
Geographical coverage Natitingou, Benin
Keywords Workshop, Benin, Pendjari, ecosystem services

From September 23rd to October 1st, Luc Janssens de Bisthoven (coordinator of the CEBioS programme) was on a mission to Benin to, among other things, facilitate a series of workshops.

Two days of workshops took place in Natitingou, with stakeholders on the EVAMAB project and the UAC LABEF laboratory on the evaluation of ecosystem services in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) site. These workshops were held with Prof. Jean Hugé (UHasselt, ULB and co-promoter of EVAMAB) as Belgian partner and thanks to the excellent coordination of Dr. Jean Didier Akpona and Prof. Romain Glèlè Kakaï (UAC, LABEF).

The purpose of the workshops was to collectively select management measures with stakeholders for the conservation of ecosystem services in the area. The policy brief "Ecosystem services in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (Benin)" was presented and distributed.  

The presentations given during this workshop are available here.

The EVAMAB workshop in Natitingou brought together stakeholders using the Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) participatory method to identify the main threats and actions to be taken for 3 ecosystem services previously identified in a Master's degree thesis from Anton De Ryck (KU Leuven): agriculture, tourism and water. This will be complemented by the successful results of two other VUB Master students (Devonne Goad and Iliana Janssens), as well as UAntwerpen students who will come in 2019. Those results will be presented in a policy brief and scientific papers.