The Lokoli swampy forest is located in South Benin. It shelters a great number of endemic primate and plant species. Many of the plant species are used in traditional medicine. In most developing countries, local populations depend on healing plants because modern medicines are too expensive. The trade of these plants is increasing, and consequently that has a negative effect on most of the species used; they are becoming scarce. A study of the traditional pharmacopoeia of plants in the Lokoli forest in collaboration with the local population will lead to big discoveries and findings that can improve humankind.
The outcome of this study will be proposals for sustainable solutions to better protect threatened species. This work will also open doors in ecotourism which may have economical benefits for the people in this area.