Spatial Diagnosis and Conceptualisation of Greening Plan of Seme-Podji, Benin (West Africa)

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Abdel Aziz Osseni
Gbodja Houéhanou François Gbesso
Ghislain Comlan Akabassi
Bokon A. Akakpo


Conservation and sustainable management of natural resources are increasingly recommended in decentralized territories. The most effective approach for this process is the participation of local communities because their knowledge is valuable in policy implementation. The study aims to propose a sustainable management model of a territory based on the needs of communities in order to conserve the natural resources in the Sèmè-Podji municipality in Benin, West Africa. Local knowledge and community’s needs have been used in association with GIS technics to make a diagnosis of the territory and propose a land use map for the municipality. The spatial diagnosis revealed an anthropization of the land cover, with a predominance of agro-systems, built up areas, croplands and fallow which represent 80.03% of the total area of the municipality. The marshlands which mostly serve as a refugium and support biodiversity represent 5.42%. The proposed plan showed that 84.79% (p ˂ 0.001) of socio-professional needs are explained. Therefore, the proposed actions were related to the restoration of ecological continuity, creation of new green recreational spaces, the protection of marshlands, the management of natural protected areas and the creation of fuel wood tree plantations. The current information can contribute to a sustainable and inclusive landscape planning for such municipalities, like our study site at Sèmè-Podji in Benin.


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Osseni, Abdel Aziz, Gbodja Houéhanou François Gbesso, Ghislain Comlan Akabassi, and Bokon A. Akakpo. 2023. “Spatial Diagnosis and Conceptualisation of Greening Plan of Seme-Podji, Benin (West Africa)”. Journal of Environmental Geography 16 (1-4):22-30.
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Abdel Aziz Osseni, Université d'Agriculture de Kétou

Horticultural Research and Management of Green Spaces Unit, Laboratory of Plant, Horticultural and Forest Sciences, School of Horticulture and Management of Green Spaces

Gbodja Houéhanou François Gbesso, Université d'Agriculture de Kétou

Horticultural Research and Management of Green Spaces Unit, Laboratory of Plant, Horticultural and Forest Sciences, School of Horticulture and Management of Green Spaces

Ghislain Comlan Akabassi, Université d'Abomey-Calavi

Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, Laboratory of Applied Ecology

Bokon A. Akakpo, Federal University of Technology Minna

West African service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Climate Change and Human Habitat (CC&HH)


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