Chutes et Rapides sur Ivindo
- Site number:1852
- Area:103,333.7 ha
- Designation date:02-02-2009
- Coordinates:00°05'N 12°22'E
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Chutes et Rapides sur Ivindo (“Waterfalls and rapids of the Ivindo river”), within the Ivindo National Park, is a wide peneplain with valleys in the centre that maintain a dense hydrographic network, with representative example of the rivers, waterfalls, rapids and marshes of Gabon. Three out of five endemic waterbirds found in Cameroon and Gabon, such as Batis minima, have been recorded in the Site. Several populations of fish (including Nannocharax and Labeo species, Atopochilus savorgnani, and Doumea typica) have adapted to the specific conditions caused by the heavy currents. A wide variety of flora is also supported, such as velvet tamarind, African satinwood and African greenheart. The site is used by local communities as well as the inhabitants of the urban centres of Makokou, Booué and Ovan; this has led to over-exploitation of the forest resources, over-fishing and pollution from the towns and from iron-ore mining activities at Belinga. A management plan for Ivindo National Park was being prepared in 2016, to also cover the Ramsar Site. The art and sculpture of the area are of cultural and ritual importance, while neolithic remains and stone-age tools dating back between 60,000 and 120,000 years have been discovered.
- Last publication date:15-11-2016