Securing one of the most important transboundary landscapes in Sub-Saharan West Africa through ecosystem regeneration and community development
Pendjari National Park and W National Park in Benin make up a triad of critically important national parks. At the crossroads of Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso, the transnational W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) complex is filled with pristine landscapes, varied habitats and exceptional biodiversity, which is attributed in part to the ebb and flow of water with the seasons. The WAP complex forms the largest intact wild ecosystem in West Africa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the area will give you the chance to see the last viable populations of several species in the region, including the Northwest African cheetah and rare antelope. It is also one of the last remaining strongholds for elephants and 90% of West Africa's lion population. Yet, poaching and the need for agricultural land continue to put pressure on the forest.