Original Research Article I Volume 11 I Issue 1 I 2023

The Ruzizi Congolese Plain, an Important Area for the Conservation of Birds in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Bashonga Bishobibiri Alexis; Eric Sande; Gaspard Ntakimazi; Charles Kahindo

Biolife, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2023, pp 1-11



Global biodiversity is the measure of biodiversity on planet Earth (Chapman A. D., 2005) . It is defined as the total variability of life forms on Earth (Bond & Wignall, 2008); (Eszter, et al., 2018). According to (MacKinney, 1997) more than 99 percent of all species that ever lived on Earth are estimated to be extinct. The Ruzizi Plain and its delta were the places of entrenchment of the militias and reception of the refugees between 1996 and 2006. About 219 466 refugees, to which must be added an uncontrolled and unregistered number of internally displaced persons, all dependent on natural resources of plant and animal origin. Although the wars were officially ended in 2003-2006, natural resources continue to deteriorate following the non-application of laws relating to the protection of ecosystems. This doctoral thesis aims to provide information on the ecology, conservation and management of birds in order to awaken respect for the laws on the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity in the Ruzizi Delta of DRC and Burundi, in order to prevent natural disasters and pandemics by widening protected spaces


Ecology, conservation and management of birds; Ruzizi Delta; Wetland areas; Habitat degradation; Water birds.


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Article Dates:

Received: 18 December 2022; Accepted: 8 February 2023; Published online: 20 February 2023.

How To Cite:

Bashonga Bishobibiri Alexis, Eric Sande, Gaspard Ntakimazi, & Charles Kahindo. (2023). The Ruzizi Congolese Plain, an Important Area for the Conservation of Birds in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Biolife, 11(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7668515

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