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Forest Management and Water in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Forest Management and Water in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second largest African country and is located in the Central African zone. The DRC is the fifth largest country in the world in terms of forest cover, and the largest in Africa. Its forest cover, estimated to be more than 166 million hectares, represents more than 62% of the Congo forests (the second largest block of tropical forest in the world). Congo’s forests are compound by 69% of dense forest and only a little more than 30% of other types of forest (Tchathou et al. 2015). The Congo forest represents 10% of the world’s tropical forests and more than 47% of those in Africa (Tchathou et al. 2015), thus having 11 forest types: swamp forest, tropical lowland rainforest, tropical sub-montane rainforest, three types of Afromontane forest, Zambezian forest (Muhulu), Zambezian woodland (Miombo), Sudanese woodland, coastal sclerophyllous forest and mangroves (Musampa et al. 2012).

Authors: Bahati Chishugi, J.; Amani, C.; Kabonyi Nzabandora, C.; Mangambu Mokos, J.D.; Ushindi Chishugi, D.; Mulwa Gasuga, B.

Topic: forest management, watershed management

Geographic: Democratic Republic of Congo

Publisher: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France

Publication Year: 2017

ISBN: 978-92-3-100216-8

Source: Pablo A. Garcia-Chevesich, Daniel G. Neary, David F. Scott, Richard G. Benyon, Teresa Reyna. (eds.) Forest Management and the impact on water resources: a review of 13 countries. 67-86

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