|Town/Region||Lomami National Park|
|Country||Congo, the Democratic Republic of the|
|Date||4 Sep 2019|
Lomami National Park was created in July 2016. This new park has a core area and a large buffer zone in which local communities should be allowed certain extractive activities to satisfy their own needs (Mushagalusa, 2016). However, to date, there is no management plan as little information is available about this park.
A recent project funded by RSRG identified the key bush meat and plant species targeted for different purposes (food, timber, medicinal, firewood) by local communities, and those sold in Kindu, the major city in the region. However, there is no information on the density, population structure and regeneration of the plant species perceived as declining in the park, as mentioned by local communities.
This small research project could help fill in this gap, and help inform the management plan which will regulate the extraction of certain forest products. I will also raise awareness of the park importance among school children in the area, which I found was very low during my last field campaign.
Read about Mushagalusa's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/mushagalusa_batumike_rodrigue or for more information contact: