Land-Use Planning in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Landscape, DRC
Track: Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs
Author(s): Janet Nackoney
The University of Maryland (UMD) is working in joint partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and others to support land use planning in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba (MLW) Landscape located in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Landscape is one of eleven identified by the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) as an area of high priority for conservation within the Congo basin.
This work is building on preliminary land use planning efforts in the MLW Landscape by producing spatially-explicit datasets and modeled outputs for use in the planning process. Spatial modeling complimented by field reconnaissance is increasing our understanding of the local socio-economic drivers within the Landscape and informing us of opportunities to improve conditions for humans and biodiversity. The resulting datasets and models from this work will help to predict future threats to the forest and guide zoning, planning, and landscape management for the Landscape.
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