Integrated management of continental wetlands in lower Lobaye-Lesse with the participation of local and indigenous populations

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The Central African Republic is a transition zone between the dense forest in the south and the sub-Saharan steppes in the northeast which has about 3 million hectares of forest. It also has a fairly dense hydrographic network marked by the existence of two hydrographic basins; that of the Chari in the north and of the Congo in the south. The dense forest is drained by the Congo Basin formed by the Oubangui River and its tributaries. This set of natural habitats is subject to various pressures, namely:

  • the rate of deforestation around the city of Bangui is estimated at around 1800 hectares/year;
  • the fragmentation of the forest habitat following logging is of the order of 5000 hectares / year.
  • the depletion of fisheries, in certain species such as Lates niloticus and Hesetus odoe, following continuous fishing campaigns throughout the year; and
  • loss of biodiversity in general.

The inland water ecosystems located to the south in the Congo Basin have not been the subject of any sustainable management program to date. Also, the Lower Lobaye-Lesse region has been identified to implement sustainable actions in favor of the conservation of biodiversity due to its wealth of surface water and biological resources.

 Based on the universal principle "act locally and think globally", this project aims to support the efforts of the Central African Government in terms of environmental preservation through a participatory and self-centered management approach involving local and indigenous populations.