Establishment of Lomami National Park, Congo’s First National Park in Over 40 Years

July 14th, 2016

For Immediate Release

On the seventh of July 2016, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) officially established Lomami National Park, the first national park since 1970 and only the eighth in the country. This park of 8,874 km2 is carved from what was, ten years ago, the largest unknown forest block in DR Congo, 40,000 km2 between the rivers Tshuapa and Lualaba. Therein lies the Lomami basin, an area with little settlement and about which there was no knowledge, beyond that of local hunters concerning forest composition or the identity of animals it sheltered.

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