The Info List - Congolese Rainforests

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The Congolese forests are a broad belt of lowland tropical moist broadleaf forest ecoregion of the Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests Biome, which extends across the basin of the Congo River and its tributaries in Central Africa.


1 Geography 2 Ecology 3 Ecoregions 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Geography[edit] The Congolese forests cover southeastern Cameroon, eastern Gabon, the northern and central Republic of the Congo, the northern and central Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
and portions of southern and southwestern Central African Republic. Ecology[edit] To the north and south, the forests transition to drier forest-savanna mosaic, a mosaic of drier forests, savannas, and grasslands. To the west, the Congolese forests transition to the coastal Lower Guinean forests, which extend from western Gabon
and Cameroon
into southern Nigeria
and Benin; these forests zones share many similarities, and are sometimes known as the Lower Guinean-Congolese forests. To the east, the lowland Congolese forests transition to the highland Albertine Rift
Albertine Rift
montane forests, which cover the Mountains lining the Albertine Rift, a branch of the East African Rift
East African Rift
system. The Congolese Forests are a global 200 ecoregion. The Congo Rainforest is the world’s second largest tropical forest, spans six countries, and contains a quarter of the world’s remaining tropical forest.[1] With annual forest loss of 0.3% during the 2000s,[2] the region has the lowest deforestation rate of any major tropical forest zone.[3] Ecoregions[edit] The World Wide Fund for Nature
World Wide Fund for Nature
divides the Congolese forests into a number of distinct ecoregions:

Northwestern Congolese lowland forests (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of Congo) Western Congolese swamp forests (Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo) Eastern Congolese swamp forests (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Central Congolese lowland forests (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Northeastern Congolese lowland forests (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic)

See also[edit]

Lower Guinean forests Flora of West-Central Tropical Africa


^ " Congo Basin
Congo Basin
Forest Partnership". USAID.  ^ "Mayaux et al 2013". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  ^ "Deforestation in the Congo Rainforest". Mongabay. 

External links[edit]

https://web.archive.org/web/20120308120322/http://www.whrc.org/mapping/pantropical/carbonmap2000.html Congo Basin
Congo Basin
Ecoregions, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies The Congo Rainforest

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Regions of Africa

Central Africa

Guinea region

Gulf of Guinea

Cape Lopez Mayombe Igboland


Maputaland Pool Malebo Congo Basin Chad Basin Congolese rainforests Ouaddaï highlands Ennedi Plateau

East Africa

African Great Lakes

Albertine Rift East African Rift Great Rift Valley Gregory Rift Rift Valley lakes Swahili coast Virunga Mountains Zanj

Horn of Africa

Afar Triangle Al-Habash Barbara Danakil Alps Danakil Desert Ethiopian Highlands Gulf of Aden Gulf of Tadjoura

Indian Ocean islands

Comoros Islands

North Africa


Barbary Coast Bashmur Ancient Libya Atlas Mountains

Nile Valley

Cataracts of the Nile Darfur Gulf of Aqaba Lower Egypt Lower Nubia Middle Egypt Nile Delta Nuba Mountains Nubia The Sudans Upper Egypt

Western Sahara

West Africa

Pepper Coast Gold Coast Slave Coast Ivory Coast Cape Palmas Cape Mesurado Guinea region

Gulf of Guinea

Niger Basin Guinean Forests of West Africa Niger Delta Inner Niger Delta

Southern Africa


Central Highlands (Madagascar) Northern Highlands


North South

Thembuland Succulent Karoo Nama Karoo Bushveld Highveld Fynbos Cape Floristic Region Kalahari Desert Okavango Delta False Bay Hydra Bay


Aethiopia Arab world Commonwealth realm East African montane forests Eastern Desert Equatorial Africa Françafrique Gibraltar Arc Greater Middle East Islands of Africa List of countries where Arabic is an official language Mediterranean Basin MENA MENASA Middle East Mittelafrika Negroland Northeast Africa Portuguese-speaking African countries Sahara Sahel Sub-Saharan Africa Sudan (region) Sudanian Savanna Tibesti Mountai