Central Congolian Tropical Forests (AT14) | One Earth

Central Congolian Tropical Forests bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 63,752
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 3
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 92%
    Protection Target
  • 3
    Protection Level

The Central Congolian bioregion, located in the equatorial Afrotropics, is in the Cuvette Centrale region of the Congo Basin, south of the Congo River. It consists of dense wet forests and swamps, storing enormous amounts of carbon and harboring diverse wildlife, including lowland gorillas and the endemic peafowl. It is made up of three ecoregions -- Western Congolian Swamp Forests [1], Eastern Congolian Swamp Forests [2], Central Congolian Lowland Forests [3] -- totaling nearly 64 million hectares. It contains the Salonga National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the world. 

The Central Congolian Tropical Forests bioregion is part of the Equatorial Afrotropics subrealm and is made up of three ecoregions: Western Congolian Swamp Forests [1], Eastern Congolian Swamp Forests [2], Central Congolian Lowland Forests [3].

One Earth is dedicated to mobilizing philanthropic capital to protect the ecosystems and peoples of the Afrotropics. Visit the Project Marketplace to explore projects in this realm that need your support. Learn more about each of the Central Congolian Tropical Forests ecoregions below.

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