Ms. Faustine Sinzogan Coovi, GIZMaC Project Coordinator, presents the aim of the project, the multiple actors involved, and the importance of Marine Spatial Planning for Benin.
The coastal zone of Benin extends on about 125 km from East to West between Togo and Nigeria and on about 60 km from the Atlantic Ocean into the Beninese hinterland. It is home to about 50% of the population and produces 70% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). About 80% of the Beninese industries are located in it. Moreover, the coastal and marine biodiversity provides many ecosystem services and is the backbone of a multitude of activities that increasingly use the marine space.