North Congolian Lowland Forests bioregion
- 95,083Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 2Number of Ecoregions
- 83%Protection Target
- 2Protection Level
The North Congolian Lowland bioregion, located in the equatorial Afrotropics, includes the densely forested lowland areas above the Congo River, bounded to the east by the Albertine Rift. It is divided into western and eastern halves and is made up of two major ecoregions -- Northeast Congolian lowland forests (24) and Northwest Congolian Lowland Forests (26) -- totaling 95 million hectares. The bioregion contains vast expanses of intact rainforest and forms a part of one of the world’s last remaining tropical forest wildernesses, storing an estimated 22 billion tonnes of carbon. These forests are amongst the richest in Africa for primates, harboring the largest population of lowland gorillas, and possibly chimpanzees, in the world.
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