PACO NEWS : Largest Transboundary Ramsar Site in the world established in the Congo River Basin

 

 

The Governments of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed to collaborate in the management of three exceptional Ramsar Sites as a "Transboundary Ramsar Site" on both banks of the Congo River. It is the second African Transboundary Ramsar Site and the largest yet established.

 

 

 It covers over 129,000 square kilometers of some of the world’s richest ecosystems, including over 60,000 km² in each country. The Congo Basin is one of the most important wetlands in Africa and one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world. Its peat lands act as a huge carbon sinks which plays an essential role in global climate regulation.

 

 

The creation of the Transboundary Ramsar Site expresses the two Governments’ intent to work together to preserve this exceptional area. The "Complexe Transfrontalier Lac Télé - Grands Affluents - Lac Tumba" covers: the Grands affluents and Lac Télé/Likouala-aux-herbes Ramsar Sites in Congo, and the Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe Site in DRC. There are now 20 such arrangements in place, covering the management of 57 Ramsar Sites.

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