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Pendjari National Park is West Africa’s largest remaining intact ecosystem Pendjari National Park is West Africa’s largest remaining intact ecosystem

International Partnership Launched to Protect Pendjari National Park

National Geographic, African Parks, Wyss Foundation and Republic of Benin announced a joint partnership with the aim to protect and revitalise Benin’s Pendjari National Park.

The four partners announced that they are initially committing more than USD23 million to safeguard the park. This globally important reserve, the last stronghold for many key species in West Africa, is facing major threats, such as poaching, demographic pressure on surrounding land, and exponential resource erosion.

For almost two decades, African Parks has implemented a successful private-public partnership model to conserve Africa’s wildlife, providing expertise in highly effective protected area management. National Geographic will complement African Parks’ work by leading science-based explorations of the park, developing technology to monitor and protect the site, convening stakeholders to develop a large-scale management plan, and implement other suitable strategies.