As part of the implementation of the Integrated Marine and Coastal Zone Management project (GIZMaC), the State of the Marine Environment (SoME) was assessed in 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.