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W, Arly, and Pendjari National Parks
Burkina Faso, Niger, Bénin

Tapoa Association of Ecoguides and Ecosystem Protection (AEGT/PE)
BIALA, the tourism association of Tapoa Province
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Printed materials

Online materials

Printed materials

In English

Niger: the Bradt travel guide / Jolijn Geels. 2006.

Benin: the Bradt travel guide / Stuart Butler. 2006.

Burkina Faso: the Bradt travel guide / Katrina Manson and James Knight. 2006.

West Africa (Lonely Planet, updated every few years; latest ed. 2009)

The rough guide to West Africa (Rough Guides, updated every few years; latest ed. 2008)

Healthy travel: Africa. (Lonely Planet, updated periodically; latest ed. 2008)

Africa: north and west (map 741 National). Michelin.

Of Water and the Spirit / Malidoma Somé (Putnam, 1994). The author spent his childhood in a traditional village in western Burkina Faso, then spent sixteen years in Roman Catholic schools. He returned to the village and underwent traditional initiation. Although his tribe is at the opposite end of Burkina from the parks, the traditions Malidoma describes are not far removed from those of tribes in the W area.

Birds of Western Africa / Nik Borrow, Ron Demey. Princeton University Press, 2004. (You may want to download a French index to this, so if your guide calls out "guépier" you can look under "g" and find the Rosy-Throated Bee-eater.) There is now also a French edition Guide des oiseaux de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Delachaux et Niestlé, 2008.

In French

Burkina Faso / Sylviane Janin (Geneva, Guides Olizane, 2004.) Overview of the history, culture, and natural history of Burkina Faso.

Les grands mammifères du complexe WAP (Large mammals of the WAP complex) / François Lamarque. Ouagadougou, ECOPAS, 2004.

Les oiseaux du complexe WAP (Birds of the WAP complex) / Gilles Balança, Daniel Cornélis, Roger Wilson. Ouagadougou, ECOPAS, 2007.



Online materials

In English

W website: http://www.parc-w.net/en/html/intro.html

Pendjari website: http://www.pendjari.net/english/

Eco-tourism in the Benin part of W: http://www.tour-communautaire-parcw.net/spip.php?page=english

African Wildlife Federation: http://www.awf.org/
... and its work in W: http://awf.org/content/heartland/detail/4305

West African Plants: a photo guide (Brunken, U., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Janssen, T., Thiombiano, A. & Zizka, G. 2008. Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.)

Lists of species: Magnoliophyta, Arly National Park, Tapoa, Burkina Faso (Oumarou Ouédraogo, Marco Schmidt, et al.)

Lists of species: Magnoliophyta of the partial faunal reserve of Pama, Burkina Faso (Elisée Mbayngone, Marco Schmidt, et al.)

Birdlife International Important Bird Area (IBA) factsheet for W: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sites/index.html?action=SitHTMDetails.asp&sid=6719&m=0

African Natural Heritage, on W: http://www.africannaturalheritage.org/Parc-W-Niger.html

In French

Burkina Faso National Tourist Office: http://www.ontb.bf/accueil.htm

Planète Burkina (some parts are in English): http://www.planete-burkina.com/index.php

Lancement du programme WAP par l'UEMOA avec le soutien de l'Union européene (Bulletin de la Délégation de l'Union européene du Burkina Faso, Feb. 20, 2011)

ECOPAS (Ecosystèmes Protégés en Afrique Soudano-Sahélienne) on W: http://www.parks.it/world/NE/parc.w/Fpar.html

CIRAD (Centre de Coopération internationale en Agronomique pour le Développement) on W: http://www.cirad.bf/fr/parc-w.php

LeFaso.net article on W from 2006: http://www.lefaso.net/spip.php?article13570

Point Afrique is ressuscitating W, article from 2002: http://www.afrik.com/article5134.html

A passion, a vocation, a lever for development (Sidwaya article on eco-guides, 2010): http://www.sidwaya.bf/spip.php?article1308