Cotonou, Benin, West Africa

The Climate Change Center in Benin serves as a center of excellence for research in climate change and biocontrol. The biodiversity center was established as a leading research and training center providing sustainable solutions to crop biotic stresses linked with climate change in West Africa in partnership with CORAF/ WECARD, West African universities, CGIAR centers, and international agricultural research centers (IARCs) in the region.

IITA has taken over the rehabilitated forest of Drabo Gbo in the Republic of Benin as a field research station linked to the Cotonou biodiversity center. The center also hosts the largest arthropod reference collection in CGIAR, consisting of more than 350,000 specimens collected throughout West Africa. The collection represents about 40-50% of all known insect biodiversity in the region.