The life changing work that project umeh relieve will enable to structured through six programmes carried out across 12 departments of the republic of Benin. Project umeh relieve programmes are complimentary and all contribute towards our core focus of building robust ecosystems that underwrite human wellbeing and sustainable development. They are focused areas of intervention aimed at sustainable natural resource use and the development of a green economy.

Where all six programmes are implemented together it unlocks the ability of communities to address environmental degradation and poverty.

The six programmes are innovative and inspirational – they are:

Trees protection for Life

This programme will enables the communities to gain more jobs and marginalised individuals the chance to “grow” themselves out of poverty by propagating indigenous trees and bartering these trees for livelihood support. In addition this is could be call inspirational Tree-preneurs. Therefore the Tree-preneurs are local community members who grow indigenous trees at their homesteads and then barter these for goods they need such as food, bicycles, building materials and water tanks, as well as education support in the form of school and university fees, school uniforms etc.

Clothes for Life

Project umeh relieve is now aiming to unify the waste preneurs and tree preneurs of each communities who will now be able barter their trees and waste for bundles of good quality, second hand clothing, collected by institutions,schools all over Cotonou city which is the economic capital. Clothes-preneurs, Green-preneurs who barter their trees and waste for bundles of second hand clothing in addition to the health and well-being hampers and other livelihood support items, can use the clothing to create an informal store, and essentially use profit generated from the sale of this clothing to buy more stock, as well as generate an income for themselves.

Greening our Future

Through this programme, the trees propagated by Tree-preneurs, are planted into restoration sites, restoring indigenous forests, riparian zones and sequestering carbon that local communities can trade as a source of annuity income. More than 1 million indigenous trees are planted into degraded areas – covering thousands of hectares, annually.

Ouidah Earth

Project umeh relieve aim to have an ongoing programme which will be based on the principle that human well-being and environmental health are directly linked. Most important part to this is the realization that there is only one planet and that humankind has been developing irresponsibly, abusing resources and inducing environmental degradation, landscape transformation and resulting in climate change. Therefore to address these issues, Project umeh relieve will be developing a comprehensive training and capacity building process, developing core skills and nurturing the leadership, ambassadorship and citizenship of the extended Wild lands areas’ team and network of Green-preneurs.

Recycling for Life

This programme allows poverty stricken and marginalised people to collect and trade recyclable waste for livelihood support. Wildlands’ network of Waste-preneurs fulfil a very important function of cleaning their communities and households, removing glass, plastic, cans and paper from local water sources and communal areas, and ultimately creating clean environments for local residents. Waste-preneurs are local community members who collect recyclable waste both in and around their homesteads which they then barter for livelihood support items – such as food, clinical equipments, bicycles, building materials and water tanks, as well as education support in the form of school and university fees, school uniforms and stationery.

Conservation SPACE

(Species, People and the Conservation of the Environment) This programme aims to expand the conservation of natural areas through various means. This includes direct land acquisition and proclamation, working with local communities and landowners to secure and proclaim land, and through funding the work of other organisations. Working with communities to secure land and use it as an engine for development, especially in rural areas, has historically been a niche of Wildlands.


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Republique du Benin

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IBAN: BJ39BJ0580100002173920050176