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Saving the Maringa Lopori Wanga Wildlife Corridor

Maringa Lopori Wanga (MLW) is a region in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) immediately south of the Congo River. Within its borders are two major reserves: The Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve and the Luo Scientific Reserve. Wildlife travels between these two reserves via a natural wildlife corridor. However, a main road bisects this wildlife corridor between the two reserves, along which numerous villages have been established over time. If the corridor is to remain open, villagers living along the route need to control sprawl. This is where scientists have joined in to help, by providing detailed satellite imagery of the area, allowing the people of the MLW region to more accurately zone their land for agricultural expansion. By providing accurate satellite zoning maps, the villages can still thrive and the wildlife corridor can remain open, which benefits both the people and the wildlife of this region of the DRC.

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DLESE >> Agricultural science
SVS >> Congo
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Agriculture
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Environmental Impacts >> Agricultural Expansion
GCMD >> Location >> Congo, Democratic Republic
GCMD >> Location >> Congo, Republic
GCMD >> Location >> Africa
NASA Science >> Earth

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