Founded in 1999, Eco-Benin is a Beninese non-governemental organization that currently coordinates a network of fifteen sites of community-based ecotourism through Benin.
Eco-Benin uses ecotourism as a tool :
- for economic development of local communities in areas where traditionally activities like fishing or farming revenues are declining
- for patrimony conservation in localities that have a natural and cultural heritage threatened with disappearance or poorly exploited.
The NGO activities aim to develop simple tourist services which primarily benefit communities. Eco-Benin, as an active member of the international society of Ecotourism (www.ecotourism.org), participates in the preservation of the cultural identity of the populations as well as the protection of natural resources.
Eco-Benin develops the clean cook stoves Wanrou to reduce deforestation and helps community to maintain their livelihoods.