Waza Logone Floodplain

Waza Logone Floodplain

  • Country: 
    Cameroon
  • Site number: 
    1609
  • Area: 
    600,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
    20-03-2006
  • Coordinates: 
    11°38'N 14°37'E
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Overview

The Waza Logone Floodplain. 20/03/06; Extrême-Nord; 600,000 ha; 11°38'N 014°39'E. Includes two National Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The floodplain of the lower Logone River in the extreme north of the country, between Nigeria and Chad, within the Lake Chad basin between Lake Maga and Lake Chad. Said to represent 10% of the surface area of major inland wetlands in the West African Sahel, the area is home to more than 100,000 people who depend upon wetland products for fishing, seasonal grazing, and agriculture. A 2001 census counted more than 320,000 waterbirds from 104 species, and there is a huge concentration of wildlife, particularly in the parks, including large mammals such as elephant, ostrich, giraffe, lion, and many others. Two decades of poor rainfall and the construction of the Maga Dam in 1981 for rice irrigation caused severe disruption to the ecological character of the floodplain, but an important rehabilitation project, begun in 1988 and a collaboration among IUCN, the governments of Cameroon and the Netherlands, and the CML of Leiden University with contributions from other institutions such as WWF and the EC, has shown good results in demonstrating the feasibility of the partial rehabilitation of the floodplain. Ramsar site no. 1609. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

Administrative region: 
Extreme North Province

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
  • Last publication date: 
    20-03-2006

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