Zone Humide de la Rivière Pendjari

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Zone Humide de la Rivière Pendjari

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    144,774 ha
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    11°37'N 01°40'E
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Zone humide de la rivière Pendjari. 02/02/07; Atacora; 144,774 ha; 11°37'N 001°40'E. National Park, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Covers part of the Pendjari National Park at the Benin-Burkina Faso border, the main feature of which is the River Pendjari alluvial plains in the Volta Basin. This is one of the most important humid ecosystems in the sub-sahelian zone of West Africa and is characterized by gallery forests, savannah and swampy meadows, alluvial plains, ponds, rivers, and dense dry forests within floodplains. This combination of ecosystems makes the site a home to the lion, the African elephant, cheetah, and many of species of birds. The ponds serve as water retention points during the dry season, thus attracting animals and tourists, and the site plays an important role in sediment retention and shoreline stabilization. The main ethnic groups are the Bialbe, Gourmantchés and Wama who inhabit the buffer zone of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve and have the right to use its natural resources; their main activities include agriculture, animal breeding, fishing and hunting. Its historic and archaeological value can be seen in archaeo-metallurgic areas found there. The transhumance nature of animal breeding presents a source for pathogen introduction in this region. There is a management plan drawn up for the Biosphere Reserve and a business plan aimed at sustainable tourism. The formation of a departmental and communal Ramsar committee is under way. Ramsar site no. 1669. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

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    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
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    • National Park
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