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Beninese scientists and conservationists Gboja Mariano Houngbedji (left) and Chrystelle Dakpogan. The couple founded local NGO ODDB (Organisation pour le Developpement Durable et la Biodiversite/ Organisation for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity) which uses a combination of methods including reinforcing traditional beliefs that protect forests, providing education on the importance of forests and developing alternative livelihoods to work with communities to protect and restore the nearby sacred forest.