The biosphere reserve is a sustainable development site led by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) through its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program.
It aims at improving the relationship between man and nature; to work for the conservation of natural resources and the development of local communities in relation to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Simply speaking, Fazao-Malfakassa National Park will no longer be used exclusively for the conservation of biodiversity as before, but sustainable use of resources will be introduced. A site on which, man and nature will live together.
"In consultation with communities, spaces will be reorganized for sustainable management in the face of the challenge of poverty and biodiversity", said Atsri Honam, coordinator of the project to support the sustainable development of populations of Fazao-Malfakassa Park.
In Togo, this project financed by the Indian United Nations Development Partnership Funds up to one million dollars, about 600 million CFA will last 24 months.
"We have mobilized resources from Indian cooperation to protect the Fazao reserve and, above all, to protect the ecosystem and biodiversity, and we wish to transform this park into a biosphere reserve because of its exceptional wealth, which should benefit not only to Togo but also to the whole world", says Yao Ydo, director of UNESCO's regional office.
According to David Wonou Oladokoum, Togolese Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection, the project activities will impact about 350 families and will carry 1,500 people out of poverty thanks to the creation of green jobs.
"These objectives set in the project to support the sustainable development of the populations around the Fazao-Malfakassa Park can only be achieved with your support and active participation, and I remain convinced that the synergy of actions will achieve significant results," hopes the minister.
On the ground, studies are planned on the basis of the available potential depending on the zones and the organization of cooperative actors to create businesses based on the use of biodiversity.
"The local economy in and around Fazao-Malfakassa Park will be diversified through the use of alternative livelihoods and income-generating businesses (beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, snail farming and fish farming), supporting young people and women", says Sajay Asthana, High Commissioner for India in Ghana.
For him, the "implementation of the project will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, the reduction of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development in northern Togo".
Chronologically, the project will first make an assessment of the socio-economic potential available in terms of natural resources in the park, then identify actors able to carry companies processing park products and support these companies to develop their business.
The expectations are enormous on this project whose success will not only meet the needs of current generations but also, of future generations.