Integral nature reserves

Release date 06/22/2006
Contributor Bob Konzi Sarambo

There are two (2) integral natural reserves in the country located respectively in the North and South.

1. Vassaka-Bolo Strict Nature Reserve

The Vassako-Bolo reserve, located in the Bamingui - Bangoran national park in the north of the country, was the first nature reserve created in 1960 under the name of the Oubangui-Chari reserve. Its vocation is the protection of animal species living in this space. It covers an area of ​​860 km². Fauna is similar to that of Bamingui-Bangoran National Park.

2. Mbaéré-Bodingué Nature Reserve

This reserve, created only a few years ago (1993), is part of a much larger whole, with an area of ​​3,252 km², called the intervention zone of the ECOFAC-RCA project, the main author of this reserve. In addition to the integral reserve, this zone includes a forest development sector of 60,000 ha and a rural development zone of around 220,000 ha involving the participation of all the villages concerned. It straddles the prefectures of Lobaye and Sangha-Mbaéré in the south-west of the country. Given the objectives assigned to this area of ​​intervention, the concept developed would be more akin to that of biosphere reserves. The main purpose of ECOFAC's intervention in the Central African Republic in this area is to