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Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda World Heritage Site

Ecosystème et paysage culturel relique de Lopé-Okanda, Gabon

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Lopé National Park is a national park in central Gabon. Although the terrain is mostly rain forest, in the north the park contains the last remnants of grass savannas created in Central Africa during the last Ice Age, 15,000 years ago. It was the first protected area in Gabon when the Lopé-Okanda Wildlife Reserve was created in 1946. In 2007, the Lopé-Okanda landscape was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

The park contains a small research station, named as Mikongo and run by the Zoological Society London, based in the village known as Mikongo, from which it gets its name. There exists infrastructure to cater for tourists at the base, including several chalets and a large open air dining room, from which the rainforest is a mere five meters away.

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  • WDPA ID903129
  • NameEcosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
  • Original NameEcosystème et paysage culturel relique de Lopé-Okanda
  • Country / TerritoryGAB
  • Sub locationGA-6
  • IUCN CategoryNot ApplicableWhat is this?
  • English DesignationWorld Heritage Site
  • Designation TypeInternational
  • StatusInscribed
  • Status Year2007
  • Reported Area km25119.91
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International Criteria(iii)(iv)(ix)(x)
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported

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IUCN\UNEP-WCMC (2011) Updates to World Heritage Sites. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.

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