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Benin’s environmental issues include inadequate access to potable water, threatened wildlife populations, deforestation and desertification. The nation is party to international agreements on biodiversity, endangered species, desertification, ozone protection, ship pollution and whaling.1 Air pollution is also an issue, particularly in the nation’s capital.2 Gasoline illegally brought over from Nigeria is preferred by consumers to the gasoline sold at Benin’s port city of Cotonou’s gas stations, which sells at a price 40 percent higher than the smuggled gasoline. The smuggled gasoline often contains high levels of lead, increasing the amount of air pollution created by fuel emissions.3

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1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bn.html
2 http://www.irinnews.org/report/80701/benin-cotonou’s-overlooked-killer-air-pollution
3 Ibid
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo
Area

Total 112,622 sq km
Land 110,622 sq km
Water 2,000 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north
Natural Resources

small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber ;
Natural Hazards

hot, dry, dusty harmattan wind may affect north from December to March
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate supplies of potable water; poaching threatens wildlife populations; deforestation; desertification

Demographics

Nationality
Beninese
Population
9,877,292 (July 2013 est.)
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The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. Growth in real output had averaged almost 4% before the global recession and it has returned to roughly that level in 2011-12. Inflation has subsided over the past several years. In order to raise growth, Benin plans to attract more foreign investment, place more emphasis on tourism, facilitate the development of new food processing systems and agricultural products, and encourage new information and communication technology. Specific projects to improve the business climate by reforms to the land tenure system, the commercial justice system, and ...See More the financial sector were included in Benin's $307 million Millennium Challenge Account grant signed in February 2006. The 2001 privatization policy continues in telecommunications, water, electricity, and agriculture. The Paris Club and bilateral creditors have eased the external debt situation with Benin benefiting from a G-8 debt reduction announced in July 2005, while pressing for more rapid structural reforms. An insufficient electrical supply continues to adversely affect Benin's economic growth though the government recently has taken steps to increase domestic power production. Private foreign direct investment is small, and foreign aid accounts for the majority of investment in infrastructure projects. Cotton, a key export, suffered from flooding in 2010-11, but high prices supported export earnings. The government agreed to a 25% increase in civil servant salaries in 2011, following a series of strikes, increasing pressure on the national budget. Benin has appealed for international assistance to mitigate piracy against commercial shipping in its territory. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$15.84 billion (2012 est.); $15.26 billion (2011 est.); $14.74 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

13.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 12.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 13.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, corn, cassava (manioc), yams, beans, palm oil, peanuts, cashews; livestock
Industries

textiles, food processing, construction materials, cement