Ecological monitoring and surveillance in the Bouche du Roy community reserve in Benin


Ecological monitoring in a community reserve in southern Benin

During this mission, you will contribute to ecological monitoring and surveillance within a community reserve of an MAB-UNESCO reserve in the Mono Delta in Benin. With a local NGO, you participate in the collection of information on animal and plant species and habitats, and in the sensitization of the population of the region. No special skills are required to participate.

DUREE : 15 days minimum

DATES : all year

ACTIVITY : Wilderness

SPECIES : all wild species



INVOLVEMENT : 5 days a week, 8 hours per day

PUBLIC : any public over 18 years, individuals, eco-solidarity holidays, students,



This mission takes place in the Community Biodiversity Conservation Area of ​​the Bouche du Roy in southern Benin. This area is located in the delta of the Mono River, and is recognized for its exceptional richness in Biodiversity. Unfortunately it is also subject to increasing pressure from human activities such as overfishing, mangrove destruction, urbanization.

The objective of the project is to monitor the state of conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems; to promote the development of sustainable economic activities, and to raise awareness among neighboring populations of the sustainable management of natural resources in the area. An important part of the project consists in sensitizing the local populations in the surrounding villages to enable them to take ownership of the project and to take an active part in the reserve.

Delta Mono is part of a recognized wetland of international importance (RAMSAR). This area has a very rich biodiversity that brings great benefits to the people living there. So humans have always taken advantage of available resources, without having thought about the sustainability of their operations.
The Global Network of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves is a dynamic and interactive network of sites of excellence. It fosters harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development, thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals through dialogue, knowledge sharing, reducing poverty and improving the well-being human, respect for cultural values ​​and society's ability to adapt to change.

The host project is a Non Governmental Organisation established in Benin in 1999. This NGO works for the implementation of local development processes with the pursuit of knowledge, life skills and life skills necessary for the promotion of eco-development.

Ecovolunteers participating in this mission will participate in the various stages of monitoring and surveillance: identification of areas to be protected, species of fauna and flora, existing threats and pressures, and sensitization of villagers.

Location / Habitat

The project is developed in the town of Grand-Popo in Benin Republic. The town of Grand-Popo is located in the extreme southwestern Benin and presents itself as a land of carrot between the ocean and the Mono River.
The Xwla peoples Pédah and Mina are the occupants of the town of Grand-Popo.


Wetlands such as Delta Mono, are spaces at the interface between terrestrial and aquatic environments, that is to say, they are covered by water temporarily or permanently. These are marshes, lagoons, mangroves, and an estuary for our case. They have a particular operation and gather great wealth in terms of biodiversity.

The vegetation is dominated by herbaceous formation, more or less dense lake species such as mangroves (Rhizophora and Avicenia), the Juncaceae, grasses etc.

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The reserve includes a wide variety of wetlands: mangroves and marine life. 

The mangrove shelters a great diversity florisitic, and an abundant fauna: fishes, small mammals, primates, birds. It serves as a nesting site and migrate passage to more than 60 species of waterbirds. The presence of the manatee of Africa is to be noted, in the zones least frequented by the Men.

In the marine part, several species of cetaceans are observable, and 4 species of marine turtles come to lay on the beaches.

Involvement ecovolunteer

You will be put to use for all activities undertaken by this program, you will participate in particular:

  • inventory and monitor the animal and plant species in the area,
  • assist the project team in their field interventions,
  • to dialogue with local populations with a view to setting up adapted forms of local governance of resources,
  • to sensitize the actresses populations of the pressures on the existing resources in order to reduce / limit the punctures on these resources.

Depending on the time of year and the needs of the project it will be possible to participate in many of the following activities:

- monitoring of marine turtles and sensitization of local populations between September and February;

- protection of mangroves, restoration and sensitization of local populations all year long;

- conservation of fishery resources, in consultation with local populations, once a season;

- monitoring and study of bird populations between May and November;

- Monitoring and study of primates, between February and October;

- Monitoring of mangrove oyster populations, June;

- Monitoring and study of small carnivores, all year round;

- Monitoring and study of the manatee of Africa, between September and March;

- Monitoring physico-chemical environmental parameters, all year long;

- Evaluation of anthropic pressures; all year.


The project accepts the participation of trainees as part of an agreement signed between the school (or university) and the project. The trainee will have to participate for a duration of 15 minimum days and will have to have a level of study BAC + 2 minimum. The subject of the internship should be related to the activity of the mission (see detailed list in the document to download).

Each internship application will be subject to a telephone interview with the project manager who will evaluate the feasibility of the project.

Applications must be made at least 6 months in advance and will be accepted on a case by case, depending on availability and the candidate's profile. Trainees benefit from reduced travel expenses (see above).

Internship applications must be made to Cybelle PlanèteWe will help you in your efforts.

Requirements and constraints

To participate in this mission:

  • You must be between 18 and 65 years with a good physical condition (you must walk several kilometers a day and move on a motorcycle).
  • No other skills are required, apart from being able to live and work in wet areas.

Before you register:

  • It is important to take detailed documentation for download (see right of this text).
  • You will need to return the medical fitness form (attached to the detailed documentation) completed and signed by you and your attending physician.
  • You must send us a CV and a motivation letter (by email This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Language (s) used (s)


Conditions for minors

Minors are not accepted.


Each ecovolunteer performs at least one mission 15 2 days including days coaching at the office and 11 days of field work.

  • 1 day: Arrival and welcome at the airport by a member of the mission; rest. Overnight at hotel in Cotonou
  • 2 Day: Presentation of the project and activities, and the work schedule. Coaching, preparation and appropriation of land tools.
  • 3 day: journey to the project in Grand Popo
  • 4 13 day to day: Fieldwork: field diagnosis; exchanges with administrative and local authorities, groups of local actors; implementation of activities / Scheduled Tasks
  • 14 day: Back in Cotonou restitution and synthesis of the mission team
  • 15 Day: Departure of the Cotonou International Airport for the country.


The day of your arrival you will be accommodated in a hotel in Cotonou (included in mission costs). Then on the third day you will join the project in 85 km. You are staying in a lodge with room and bathroom. Volunteers sleep alone in their rooms. There is an attendant present at the scene when needed. It will help the volunteers for their various races and various supplies.

When traveling in the villages you will be accommodated in private homes.

The restoration will be done in restaurants near the property. Vegetarians are welcome.


The project can accommodate up to eight ecovolunteers both.


Registrations are possible from July 2021.

The ecovolunteers choose their dates of participation, subject to acceptance by the host team. Volunteers are welcomed at any time of the year.


Due to the pandemic, Cybelle Planète has set up specific conditions for participation. Please consult our conditions of participation before signing up for a mission.

See information related to Covid-19

Travel Information

You go to Cotonou airport on your own. A member of the project will meet you at the airport and escort you to the site or in the hotel (according to arrival time). The first two nights at the hotel are included in the price.

The accommodation village (Avlo) is located 85 km from Cotonou airport. The transport time to reach Avlo is 1h30.


Your eco-volunteering mission involves your voluntary participation in the project as well as your biodiversity donation. For each mission, the amount of the Biodiversity Donation is calculated according to the needs of the project and the time you will spend there. 70% of your donation is donated to the hosting project, it will largely be used to cover its material and personnel needs for its sustainability, and also to cover the hosting costs of eco-volunteers. learn more about Don Biodiversity

The costs of the ecovolunteers' missions consist of : your biodiversity donation and your membership in the mission, and non-tax deductible costs (ex: insurance, additional heating costs, over-classification of your accommodation - if offered)

Compensation for the impact of your trip

Cybelle planet pledges to reduceimpact of long-haul flights on the environment. In order to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of your trip, Cybelle Planète has set up specific measures :

  • We no longer accept entries of less than two weeks involving long-haul travel.
  • Flat-rate contribution of 200 € to a territorial and carbon compensation fund for missions of less than 3 weeks.

We consider that a stay of at least 3 weeks, during which you have a positive action for local biodiversity (ex: eco-volunteering mission), and where you adopt a responsible mode of travel, partially offsets your emissions at the regional level. 

Amount of Don Biodiversity

  • 2 weeks of participation: 1200 €
  • 3 weeks of participation: 1260 €
  • Each additional week: 260 €


  • 1 month minimum: 579 € per month


tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 1200 € will only cost you 408 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 1200 € will only cost you 480 €.

Annual fee

Cybelle Planète is a French law association 1901, ecovolunteer stays are reserved for members who are members of their annual subscription of 50 €. This membership automatically gives you access to insurance (including liability, repatriation, medical expenses). Membership in Cybelle Planète is subject to a tax receipt. Learn more about memberships

Your budget

The hosting project supports:

  • accommodation and food,
  • supervision by members of the project,
  • your transfer from the airport A / R,

You remain at your expense:

  • your trip to Benin,
  • expenses incurred (drinks, restaurant, ....) that remain at your expense,
  • your complementary travel insurance (mandatory), including a Cancellation, Air / Train Delay, Baggage, Interruption of Stay.

Travel arrangements

You must organize your own trip to the project: transport, visa, vaccinations if necessary, ....

You will find on our website information concerning visas.

Cybelle Planet can arrange for you to book your airline ticketsThis service is optional.

Conditions of participation

The general conditions of participation in eco-volunteering mission from Cybelle Planet are available online.

Commitment ecovolunteer

Before committing yourself as a Volunteer, you must have read and accepted the charter of ecovolunteers.


In addition to the insurance included in your membership, you must take out cancellation insurance, loss or damage to luggage, and flight delay. Cybelle Planète will offer you insurance during your pre-registration or you can subscribe one by yourself. A certificate of insurance will be required before departure. To learn more about insurance

ethical commitments Cybelle Planète

The Cybelle Planet associationcommitted to the ecovolunteering charter. We have always chosen sharing, equity and solidarity for all our actions.

Tax deduction

Participation in our eco-volunteering mission is reserved for our "support" members.

Ecovolunteers pay Cybelle Planète a Biodiversity Donation in addition to their commitment in the field. 

Only the Biodiversity Gift and membership entitles you to a tax deduction (For companies or persons subject to corporation tax or income tax in France).

Medical fitness form

Your registration can not be validated unless we have received your medical fitness form completed and signed by you and your attending physician.

In order to avoid possible difficulties, we ask you to describe to us, as honestly as possible, your physical and emotional state.
Regardless of the medical situation, all projects are designed to accept as many participants as possible. For this reason, they remain attentive and are very understanding of the various health problems a candidate may have. All solutions are considered to enable the candidate to participate in the project, regardless of his or her state of health, and to the extent possible.
The consequences of misleading and / or omitted medical declarations can be very restrictive for the entire team involved in the mission, and in some cases dangerous (missions on the high seas, in very isolated sites, etc.). So, Any false declaration, omission or false information may be sanctioned by the immediate and definitive exclusion of the participant At its own expense and upon the exclusive and unilateral decision of the project. 

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Note that no resumption or exchange is possible, we invite you to consult the description and the size guide .

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