Mono Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (Benin/Togo)

Located in the southern part of Benin and Togo, this site covers an area of 346,285 ha. Situated in the alluvial plain and the deltaic and coastal zones of the Mono River, this transboundary biosphere reserve brings together the national biosphere reserves of the same name in Benin and Togo. It comprises a mosaic of landscapes and ecosystems mainly composed of mangroves, savannah, lagoons, and flood plains as well as forests, including sacred forests.  The area of the reserve is home to about two million inhabitants, whose main activity is small-scale farming (palm oil and coconuts), livestock grazing, forestry and fishing.