Benin

African Union

African Union (AU)

The African Union is comprised of 53 African countries. It is the largest intergovernmental organization on the continent.  The AU was established to achieve greater unity among the African states, promote peace, security, and stability on the continent, and promote a sustainable economy, among many other objectives.

Reason #70 to get involved

AWF protects nearly 40 % of Africa's elephants. Support our programs to stop elephant poaching and ivory trafficking.

Reason #24 to get involved

The African wild dog population numbers less than 5,000 individuals and continues to decline due to habitat fragmentation, human conflict, and widespread disease. Your support allows for wild dog scouts to monitor and protect this species. 

Wildlife Waterholes in Parc W

Short rainy season proves disastrous for local fauna. 

In Regional Parc W, 80% of the more than 30 water points are completely dry by March or April. The regular dry season in this region is difficult on wildlife but expected and a part of the natural balance in the ecosystem. In 2011, however, and unseasonably short rainy season threatened wildlife and prompted park authorities to worry that vital water sources would dry up long before the next rainy season began. 

Land for Livestock

Livestock is a vital livelihood for people in West Africa. So is farming.

As competition over land and natural resources grows, pressure on protected areas and biodiversity increases. People in the Regional Parc W Heartland tend to earn a living through farming or cattle herding. Unfortunately, there is limited available land, resulting in competition for land between farmers and pastoralists.

Meanwhile, poor land management and farming techniques can lead to the rapid degradation of land and the destruction of key habitats. 

Genet

Genets are hunted as pests.