Christel KENOU

Chercheur associé

Research interests: Agroforestry – Forestry – Ecosystem services – Climate change – Ecological restoration

Christel KENOU

Research interests

  • Linear and Generalized linear model
  • Resampling methods
  • Quantitative ethnobotany
  • Ecological Niche Modeling


PhD student


I hold a Master degree in Management of Natural resources from the University of Abomey Calavi (Benin). Since 2013, I have been involved in research project focusing on sustainable use and conservation of indigenous palm species. My work aimed at examining the geographical distribution in the context of climate change and the population structure of Borassus aethiopum in the Guineo-Congolian zone of Benin.

Research project

Ecosystem goods and services are of fundamental importance to human well-being, health, livelihoods, and survival. The main objective of my research project is to improve the state of knowledge on the ecosystem goods and services in Benin by focusing in the quantification, the mapping and the valuation of ecosystem services in order to propose strategies for their sustainable uses and management. The knowledge produced in this study, as well as its policy recommendations will help Benin Governments and institutions to develop strategies to meet the sustainability and conservation goals set out in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Awards and distinctions

  • Grant from Climates Network for COP preparation in Abomey Calavi (2014)
  • Master Fellowship from Wild Palm Project (2012-2013)
  • Benin government scholarship (2007-2013)

Profiles and Curriculum


Total number of publications

  • Articles scientifiques publiés dans les journaux: 0
  • Communications: 0
  • Documents techniques: 0

Key publications

  1. Salako V.K., Kénou C., Thierry H., Assogbadjo A., Glèlè Kakaï R. (2014). Impact of traditional agroforestry systems practices on conservation effectiveness of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) providing-Trees: case study of Borassus aethiopum Mart. (Arecaceae) in Benin. In Parrotta J.A., Moser C.F., Scherzer A.J., Koerth N.E., Lederle D.R. (Editors), Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research. XXIVth IUFRO World Congress, 5-11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA. International Forestry Review 16(5): 66. Oral communication.