Victoria Basin & Albertine Rift Forests (AT12) | One Earth

Victoria Basin & Albertine Rift 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.

  • 31,906
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 3
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 29%
    Protection Target
  • 4
    Protection Level

The Victoria Basin bioregion, located in the equatorial Afrotropics, is centered on Lake Victoria at the border between Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and the surrounding forest-savanna. It also includes the mountain forests along the Albertine Rift just to the west, with which it is tightly interconnected. The bioregion has three ecoregions -- Albertine Rift Montane Forests [1], Victoria Basin Forest-Savanna [2], Rwenzori-Virunga Montane Moorlands [3] -- and includes the famous Virunga National Park near Lake Edward at the eastern border of DRC. This is an especially important area of biodiversity with more than 2000 plant and tree species, 230 of which are endemic, and the last refuge of many endangered animals including the mountain gorilla, golden monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, bush elephants, hippopotamus. It’s also a refuge for millions of birds, which winter here from as far as Siberia. The area of this bioregion is nearly 32 million hectares. 

The Victoria Basin & Albertine Rift Forests bioregion is part of the Equatorial Afrotropics subrealm and is made up of three ecoregions: Albertine Rift Montane Forests [1], Victoria Basin Forest-Savanna [2], Rwenzori-Virunga Montane Moorlands [3].

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