The Mono River delta is a natural paradise. But the human population is increasing along the river separating the African nations Benin and Togo. Now the two countries are setting up a joint biosphere reserve.
The CFA franc is facing growing opposition in parts of West and central Africa. Critics say the common currency has hampered the region's economic growth while France profits.
Togo is seeking outside assistance to stop it losing territory to the sea. Houses and roads are disappearing. Physical defenses can help, but they, too, are open to attack from the elements.
At the border between Togo and Benin, coexistence between people and animals hasn't been easy. A new biosphere reserve is helping.
The Mono River forms the border between Benin and Togo. Its delta is a refuge for rare species like the manatee and red-bellied monkey. Now, the two countries are working together to protect this natural paradise.
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