Protected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Protected area highlights for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (January 31, 2008):

# of
Areas

Area
km2

 

Total Area of nationally recognized protected areas (% of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Territorial Area)

66

286,344

12.2%

- Terrestrial (% of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Territorial Area's Terrestrial Territorial Area)

66

286,332

12.2%

- Marine and Littoral Protected Area

1

13

 

Note that some protected areas include both terrestrial area and marine area

   

Nationally recognized protected areas greater than 1,000 km2

26

  

Nationally recognized protected areas greater than 10,000 km2

19


  

Wetlands of International importance (Ramsar Sites)

1

8,000

 

UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves

3

2,827

 

International recognized areas of significance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are:

Site NameConvention
Total
Area
(Hectares)
Garamba National ParkWorld Heritage Site492,000
Kahuzi-Biéga National ParkWorld Heritage Site600,000
Okapi Wildlife ReserveWorld Heritage Site1,372,625
Parc national des VirungaWetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)800,000
Réserve forestière de LukiUNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve32,968
Salonga National ParkWorld Heritage Site3,600,000
Vallée de la LufiraUNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve14,700
Virunga National ParkWorld Heritage Site790,000
YangambiUNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve235,000


The latest World Database on Protected Areas reports X nationally recognized protected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  (Y more than in the summary above):

Site NameIUCN
Designation
Total
Area
(Hectares)
Abumonbazi- 
Azande Hunting ZoneVI 
Bakano Forest Reserve-95,668
Basse Kando Hunting ZoneVI 
Beni (Oicha) Hunting ZoneVI 
Bili-Uere Hunting ReserveVI600,000
Bombo-Lumene Hunting ReserveVI700,000
Bomu Strict Nature ReserveIb1,067,100
Botende Hunting Zone-982
Bukama Hunting Zone- 
Bushenyi (Idjwi Island) Forest ReserveIV4,100
Bushimaie Hunting ZoneVI60,000
Epi Hunting Zone- 
Epulu Hunting ZoneVI 
Fizi Hunting ZoneVI 
Gangala-na Bodio Hunting ReserveVI985,876
Garamba National ParkII492,000
Gungu Hunting Zone-380,000
Hoyo Mont Strict Nature ReserveIa20,000
Kahuzi-Biéga National ParkII600,000
Kalemie Hunting Zone- 
Kalule Hunting Zone- 
Kibali-Ituri Hunting ZoneVI 
Kisimba Ikobo Nature Reserve-97,053
Kolwezi Hunting Zone- 
Kundelungu National ParkII760,000
Lac Tumba-Lédira Reserve- 
Libenge Hunting Zone- 
Lomako Forest Reserve-380,000
Lomami Lualaba Forest Reserve- 
Lowa Forest Community Reserve-39,260
Lualaba Hunting ZoneVI 
Luama Hunting ZoneVI343,500
Luama/Shaba Hunting ZoneVI 
Lubudi - Samppa Hunting ReserveVI9,200
Lubutu Gorilla Reserve-261,784
Lueba-Izeba Hunting Zone- 
Luki Forest Reserve-33,000
Luo Scientific Reserve Reserve-50,072
Mai Mpili Forest Reserve- 
Maika-Penge Hunting ZoneVI900,000
Maiko National ParkII1,083,000
Maniema Forest Reserve- 
Marungu Mountains Reserve- 
Masako Reserve-2,105
Massif d'Itombwe Nature Reserve- 
Mitwaba Hunting Zone- 
Mondo Missa Hunting ZoneVI1,000,000
Mont Kabobo Nature Reserve- 
Mulumbu Hunting Zone- 
Mwanza Hunting Zone- 
Mwekaji Hunting Zone- 
Ngaenki- 
Ngiri Reserve- 
Okapi Faunal ReserveII1,372,625
Punia Gorilla Reserve-387,841
Reserve d’Hippopotame de Mangai Hunting ZoneVI36,000
Rubi-Tele Hunting ZoneVI908,000
Rutshuru Hunting ReserveVI100,000
Sakanya Hunting Zone- 
Salonga National ParkII3,656,000
Sankuru Natural Reserve-3,057,000
Semliki-Kasenyi Hunting Zone- 
Shaba Elephant Reserve- 
Swa-Kibula Hunting ZoneVI140,000
Tayna Nature Reserve-89,977
Ubundu Strict Nature ReserveIb 
Upemba National ParkII1,173,000
Usala Gorilla Reserve-115,236
Utunda and Wassa Gorilla Reserve-339,474
Uvira Reserve- 
Virunga National ParkII783,536
Wamba Scientific Reserve-350,000
Yangambi forest and floral reserveIa250,000

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(2009). Protected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbeeb17896bb431f699a25

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