Exploding population (3.3 percent population growth) is putting pressure on forests for fuelwood, agricultural clearing, pasture lands, and housing. Deforestation has led to extensive siltation of Benin's waterways, hindering boat traffic and further damaging the economy, of which over 30 percent is made up of transport activities. Heavy poaching has depleted wildlife. According to FAO figures, Benin has no undisturbed primary forest and has lost 29 percent of its forest cover since 1990. At 2.5 percent, Benin has one of the highest annual deforestation rates in the world.

Extensive investment in high value Teak plantations in national forest reserves.

Planting and management of teak (for pole production) and fast growing Acacia sp. For fuelwood production by smallholders and private sector in the buffer zones of urban centers.

Restoration Commitment

Restoration Commitment: 
0.5 million hectares
Year Committed: 
Priority Interventions: 
  • Reforestation
  • Restocking and improved management of existing plantations
Requested assistance from AFR100: 
  • Financing for restoration
  • Project support from IUCN and FAO (as World bank is major donor)