Forest diversity, distribution and dynamique in the Itombwe Mountains, South-Kivu, Congo Democratic Republic

Doumenge Charles. 1998. Forest diversity, distribution and dynamique in the Itombwe Mountains, South-Kivu, Congo Democratic Republic. Mountain Research and Development, 18 (3) : pp. 249-264.

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Abstract : The diversity and extent of forest in the Itombwe Mountains, eastern Congo Democratic Republic (formerly Zaire), are among the most significance in continental Africa. Despite some human impact, this area still harbors a wide range of vegetation types, including forests and grasslands, drylands and wetlands, and mid-altitude to upper-montane habitats. Forests extend from mid-altitude through sub-montane and montane to alpine zones. These first results provide a general description of the Itombwe Mountains as a basis for more detailed investigations. Certain priorities in conservation-development actions are suggested, based mainly on tree species knowledge; this information could influence further decision-making processes and management guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of Itombwe's natural resources.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt tropicale humide, Montagne, Forêt subalpine, Régénération, forêt mélangée, conservation des forêts, Couvert, Durabilité

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique du Congo

Mots-clés libres : Montane forests, Subalpine forests, Old growth forests, Mountain forests, Végétation, Mixed forests, Forest regeneration, Forest conservation, Forest cover, Trees

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
F40 - Plant ecology

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Doumenge Charles, Laboratoire de botanique (FRA) - auteur correspondant

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