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Lufira Biosphere Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo

 

The Lufira biosphere reserve is located in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Designation date: 1982

Regional network:  AfriMAB

Ecosystem-based network: 

  

    Description

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    Surface: 14,700 ha

    • Core area(s): 14,700 ha
    • Buffer zone(s): N/A
    • Transition zone(s): N/A

    Location: N/A

    Administrative Authorities

    Bureau Projet—Terrain
    MAB/Lufira
    Democratic Republic of Congo

    Tel.: (243) 99 99 97 669
    Email: mabrdc@yahoo.fr

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    Ecological Characteristics

    This biosphere reserve is located in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the first miombo woodland to be designated as a biosphere reserve. Miombo woodland is the dominant vegetation type of the Central African plateau and comprises ecosystems in the seasonal tropics dominated for example by the tree genus Brachystegia laurentii.

    The biosphere reserve also includes grasslands on the periodically flooded lowlands and steppe-like vegetation on the top of the plateau. There is a dense and mature river system, marshlands and papyrus beds. The species diversity is extraordinarily high.

     

    Socio-Economic Characteristics

    About 14,700 people live within the biosphere reserve (1998).

    The site is currently undergoing serious degradation due to timber exploitation, agricultural and fishing activities even in the core area.

     

     

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    Last updated: October 2019