Lake Turkana-Sudd Grasslands, Bushlands & Forests (AT21) | One Earth

Lake Turkana-Sudd Grasslands, Bushlands & 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.

  • 282,916
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 11
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 24%
    Protection Target
  • 7
    Protection Level

The Lake Turkana-Sudd Grasslands, Bushlands & Forests bioregion is located in the Sub-Saharan Afrotropics. It is a very complex assemblage of 11 ecoregions -- Mandara Plateau Woodlands [1], East Sudanian Savanna [2], Sudd Flooded Grasslands [3], East African Montane Forests [4], Ethiopian Montane Grasslands and Woodlands [5], Ethiopian Montane Moorlands [6], Ethiopian Montane Forests [7], Northern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and Thickets [8], Masai Xeric Grasslands and Shrublands [9], Somali Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and Thickets [10], and East African Montane Moorlands [11] -- stretching from northern Cameroon to Ethiopia. Fed by the White Nile in Sudan, the Sudd swamps overflow in the raining season, providing nutrients and water to one of the world’s largest floodplains. This makes it particularly important for migrations of birds and large mammals. The land area of this bioregion, covering over 284 million hectares, mostly consists of subtropical grasslands and savanna but it also includes the Ethiopian mountain forests, grasslands, and shrublands. 

The Lake Turkana-Sudd Grasslands, Bushlands & Forests bioregion is part of the Sub Saharan Afrotropics subrealm and is made up of 11 ecoregions: Mandara Plateau Woodlands [1], East Sudanian Savanna [2], Sudd Flooded Grasslands [3], East African Montane Forests [4], Ethiopian Montane Grasslands and Woodlands [5], Ethiopian Montane Moorlands [6], Ethiopian Montane Forests [7], Northern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and Thickets [8], Masai Xeric Grasslands and Shrublands [9], Somali Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and Thickets [10], East African Montane Moorlands [11].

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