Knowledge for Development

Products from savannah generate 39% of total household income in northern Benin

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Date: 12/01/2012

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According to a study by the German Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), the value derived from the savannah amounts to 39% of the average annual income of a rural household in northern Benin. The authors also found that poorer households are more dependent on savannah biodiversity than wealthier ones. The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations (CBD) and most recently the TEEB (‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’) study have shown that the amount of economic contribution nature and environment make to society can be measured. Scientists from the German Biodiversity and Research Centre have now analysed the value of the savannah in northern Benin and determined how much income is generated by the exploitation of non-timber forest products in the region. (AlphaGalileo, 25/10/2011)

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