Strengthening the role of conservation of the national system of protected areas in Togo

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:40 Written by 
  • Location(s): Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Livestock Development, Inclusive and sustainable growth, Land Management, Sustainable Development
  • SDG(s): 15. Life on land
  • Locations in Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Livestock Development, Land Management, Sustainable Development
  • SDGs in Africa: 15. Life on land
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution

Summary

The formerly well developed Oti-Kéran National (OKM) Park in Northern Togo has experienced significant infrastructure decline and lost most of its wildlife and fauna. The project aims at strengthening the management of the system of protected areas in Togo, through improving the contribution to the conservation of biodiversity through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of protected areas. In view of the transboundary nature of the parc, the initiative helps Togo to develop prerequisites to be able to re-join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity  (W-Arly-Pendjari complex which used to be well connected to Togo's OKM complex) led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger.

Challenge

Togo's system of protected areas is experiencing severe challenges of declining infrastructure, poor management, gaps in staffing as well as inadequate legal and policy frameworks. Especially in the Oti-Kéran-Mandouri Complex, situated in the north of the country and adjacent to Burkina Faso and Bénin, wildlife and fauna has largely disappeared and threatens biodiversity on a regional scale.

This decline reflects an overall decline in the countries socio-political situation since the 1990s. In spite of its good location next to a transboundary Elephant and mammal migration corridor, this situation has also caused a complete standstill of the ecotourism sector and forced local communities to exploit the Protected Area for their livelihood.

Solution

Launched in 2012, the project aims at strengthening the management of the system of protected areas in Togo,

improving the contribution to the conservation of biodiversity through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of protected areas. In view of the trans boundary nature of the park, the initiative helps Togo to develop prerequisites to be able to join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger in partnership with EU, WAEMU and UNDP.

Supported By: UNDP, WAEMU , Global Environment Facility

Implemented By: UNDP

Contact person: Ginette  MONDOUGOU CAMARA, Economic Advisor, UNDP Togo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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