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      Biosphere Reserve Information

Dem.Republic of the Congo


  General Description   The Yangambi Biosphere Reserve is situated within the Congo River Basin west of the City Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Secondary forests with Pycnanthus angolensis and Fagara macrophylla, semi-deciduous secondary rain forests, rain forests with Gilbertiodendron dewevrei, climax forests with Brachystegia laurentii and marshland forests dominate the biosphere reserve. The site is very important from a biodiversity point of view since it hosts about 32,000 tree species. The elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), the river hog (Potamochoerus porcus) and monkeys (Cercopithecus spp.) are among the most threatened species.
Although there are no figures on the number of inhabitants of the area, some economic activities take place within the biosphere reserve boundaries such as agriculture, hunting, fishing, the production of canoes as well as some gold extraction. Numerous soil, silviculture and climate studies as well as experiments on the regeneration of the vegetation cover have been carried out.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical humid forests
  Major habitats & land cover types   Secondary forests dominated by Pycnanthus angolensis, Fagara macrophylla; semi-deciduous secondary rain forest; rain forest with Gilbertiodendron dewevrei; climax forest with Brachystegia laurentii; marshland forests
  Location   00°00' to 00°40'N; 24°00' to 25°00'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   235,000
  Core area(s)   160,000
  Buffer zone(s)   60,000
  Transition area(s) when given   ~15,000
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +490 to +530
  Year designated   1976
  Administrative authorities   Président du Comité National MAB/CONGO Ministère de l’Environnement, Conservation de la Nature, Pêche et Forêts

Last updated: 24/10/2007

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