Everyday biodiversity is confronted with multiple aggressions due to human activities. Despite the many efforts made so far, we are still witnessing the disappearance of certain species. In Benin, the Mono Department has been for a long time neglected area of biodiversity conservation although it contains threatened species. Located in the Mono department, the city of Lokossa, that shelters Fongba quarry, has suffered significant loss of biodiversity due to human pressure. We are convinced that biodiversity sustainable conservation is not possible without the involvement of all actors, particularly youth. This justifies our project, which aims to strengthen the conservation of biodiversity in Lokossa through the involvement of the populations, particularly youth. To strengthen the understanding of biodiversity notion and its importance at Lokossa, we will conduct awareness campaigns in the city. An environmental education booklet will be designed, produced and distributed in schools and will serve as a basis for environmental education courses at local, national and regional levels. We will implement an environmental education program consisting of 6 lessons (theoretical, practical and excursion). Approximately 200 schoolchildren will participate in the program and will be ambassadors of biodiversity to their peers and parents.

Field observation of birds by shool children

The outdoor activity consists of bird watching in the schoolyard with binocular, identifying the birds specie observed with a field guide and listening and imitating the songs of birds.

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24Jun

The choir of nature: bird of Lokossa

The children were introduced the elements that characterize a bird (beak, feathers, paws, wings, flying, singing, etc,. We explained them bird importance in the ecosystem.

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24Jun

School Children in action

The school children prepare the pots for the plants nursery

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24Jun

Seeds, Trees, Forests: protecting life on earth!

This lesson aims to teach children the importance of trees in the human wellbeing and the relationship between biodiversity conservation and forest protection. The necessity to plant trees have also been highlighted.

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24Jun

Wildlife census with camera traps

In order to document the diversity of wildlife species, especially the elusive animals, we installed camera trap in different habitat type of the Fongba quarry.

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27Apr

School education program first lesson: Lokossa town is habitat for many species

The first lesson introduce the schools children to the concept of ''biodiversity", the importance of biodiversity in human wellbeing, the necessity to preserve wildlife and its habitat with an emphasis on the sustainable use of biological resources. The childreen were very excited to discover that they were surrounded by a diversity of animal species and plants.

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04Apr

Bird survey

In order to write our education booklet and prepare the third lesson (The choir of the nature: Birds of Lokossa!) of our school education program, we conducted a bird survey at the Fongba quarry and surronding.

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02Apr

Project's activities planning with stakeholders

Our project aim to strength biodiversity conservation at Lokossa by involving population especially youth. In order to plan the project activities, we met Fongba quarry employees, local authorithies and schools directors.

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02Apr