This project mobilizes data about medicinal plants and multipurpose agroforestry plant species in Benin, strengthening the national network’s capacity and promoting the use of these data in biodiversity conservation.
To achieve this goal, project partners will identify priority medicinal plants known to treat malaria and important agroforestry species in use in the country, while organizing workshops on data mobilization and data use. The project aims to publish 59,000 data records through GBIF.org and the GBIF Benin portal. In addition to national data, the project will also gather and publish relevant data held in collections in France, Netherlands and Belgium.
The project maps the distribution of targeted species and will suggest conservation strategies to policy makers during workshops on the conservation and sustainable use of these species.
An information and planning workshop was held to inform all the partners of the project’s objectives and activities’ implementation plan.
A workshop on capacity building in biodiversity data mobilization targeting biodiversity data holders and users in Benin was organized to increase mobilization of national biodiversity data and enhance capacity of main stakeholders.
With the agreement of national partners, a list of priority agroforesty and medicinal plants was achieved which can be accessed in the report below. Distribution maps and ecological niche models of targeted medicinal and agroforestry species have been created with a partnering organisation. Suggested strategies to protect and conserve targeted species will serve as a baseline for a forum discussion and will be developed using contributions from participants in upcoming workshops.
The project has seen the mobiliziation and publication of 16 datasets with a total of 59,278 occurrence records on agroforestry and medicinal plants through GBIF.org.