Central African Republic
Location In the middle of Africa; below Chad, above Republic of the Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the west of Sudan, and to the east of Cameroon.
National websites
Embassy / Chancery in U.S. 1618 22nd St. NW. 20008
Agencies responsible for biological inventory and conservation
Non-governmental organizations concerned with conservation World Wildlife Foundation: Central African Republic
Major Natural Resources The major natural resources of the Central African Republic come from mining and the tropical forests which cover up to 75% of the nation. While the forests mainly provide a single resource--timber, the ground provides several. Some of the main mineral resources of the Central African Republic include gold, diamonds, uranium, and oil.
Major Environmental and Conservation Issues  The greatest natural hazards of the Central African Republic include flooding and hot, dusty winds. Human actions have created other problems, such as desertification and deforestation; poachers represent a major threat to wildlife. Like many other developing nations in central Africa, there are health issues dealing with the potability of water; diseases such as ebola and HIV/AIDS are problems to the population.
Statistics Information Sources
Land area 622,980 Sq. km
Area of forest 30,568 ha
Area of wetlands 0 Sq. km
Area of territorial waters 0 Sq. km
Population: 3,375,771 Density: 5/Sq. km

  

Area protected (ha) (only areas >1000ha) at all IUCN levels: 6,106 ha Fraction of land area protected (%): 9.8% Country Environmental Data Sheets
Major Protected Areas

List of major protected areas

African forest charts at wcmc.org

Information Center for the Environment
Endemic Species
Mammals 2
Birds 0
Reptiles 0
Amphibians 0
Fish  
Invertebrates  
Plants 100
World Resources Data
Endangered, Threatened and Vulnerable Species
Mammals 11
Birds 2
Reptiles 1
Amphibians 0
Fish 0
Invertebrates 0
Plants 1


Complete Plant Listing

World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Animal 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Plants

Extinct Species
Mammals  
Birds  
Reptiles  
Amphibians  
Fish  
Invertebrates  
Plants  


Complete Plant Listing

World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Animal 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Plants

Species listed on CITES Appendices

CITES-listed Species Database
Legislation
Laws protecting endangered or threatened species
Laws protecting endangered ecosystems
Signatory to CITES 1980
Signatory to Ramsar Wetlands Convention No
Signatory to Convention on Biological Diversity  1995
Signatory to Migratory Bird Treaty No
Member of International Whaling Commission No
Signatory to other international treaties designed to protect or manage biological resources Biodiversity Action Plan (1991)
Natural Resource Use Information Sources
Fisheries 13,501 tonnes Country Environmental Data Sheets
Forestry / deforestation 3,692 m3 Country Environmental Data Sheets
Ecotourism
Trade in wildlife products
Hunting
Other uses of natural resources
Human Impacts on Natural Resources Information Sources
Air pollution
Water pollution
Development activities
Introduced species
Legislation addressing these issues
Restoration and Reintroduction Information Sources
Programs for restoration of damaged habitat 
Programs for ex situ conservation (captive breeding and reintroduction) of endangered species

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Page compiled by Michelle Batchman as part of a class project in h90 "The Science of Biodiversity and Conservation" (Peter J. Bryant, Instructor), University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA