Lopé/Waka Complex

This complex covers nearly 12,000 km2 in Gabon, and includes the Lopé and Waka National Parks and a proposed corridor between them where selective logging will occur.

The habitat is mostly lowland tropical forest, with Marantaceae Forest around the savanna/gallery forest mosaic in the northern part of Lopé National Park. The site includes mountainous areas and the diverse flora bears witness to a dynamic history of climate-induced shifts in vegetation.

Populations of great apes appear to have declined in the past, and activities such as commercial hunting, logging and wildlife disease pose a threat to western gorillas in the area.

A long history of multi-disciplinary research and strong links to national research institutions makes this an excellent site for innovation in applied research, training and capacity building.