International Satoyama Intiative

IPSI, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, promotes collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.

Amis de l’Afrique Francophone, Bénin (AMAF)

Amis de l’Afrique Francophone-Benin (AMAF-BENIN)’s mission is to contribute to remedying the socio-economic and environmental problems faced by the Beninese population in general and the most vulnerable in particular. Its primary vocation is to work for the development of effective and creative approaches to sustainable management of waste, wetland and forest ecosystems in order to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, the fight against climate change and the improvement of living conditions. AMAF-BENIN works in Benin, where the protection and conservation of wetlands, forests, biodiversity and the environment is a priority for the elimination of impoverishment for vulnerable communities.

Some major projects are:

Project Let’s Do It Benin, with the main activity “Benin Clean-up”, which mobilized and sensitized a large segment of the population to waste clean-up days.

Beninese Week for the Reduction of Waste, an annual activity that raises awareness and educates the populations of Cotonou on the 3Rs of “Reduction, Reuse and Recycling” and on good consumption.

EDUC-FORMATION project, which has enabled the setting up of a free literacy and learning center in sewing and embroidery for the professional insertion of young girls and boys in social, family and school difficulties.

Research-Action, a study on the classified forest of Pénéssoulou and sensitization of indigenous peoples and local communities to the conservation of the natural resources and biodiversity.

Education for Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds on the Ramsar Site 1018, a pilot project for the conservation of bird species and mitigating threats to mangrove forests.

Participation in the Waterbird Counting Project in February 2017.

Participation in International Forest Day, training in practical rights of municipal councilors and site leaders in charge of the management of natural resources in “Delta de Mono”.

For more information, please see the AMAF-BENIN website here.