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Spatial Data Resources for the Congo Basin

Located here is a collection of spatial datasets and links to important spatial datasets relevant to conservation activates within the Congo Basin. In addition CARPE host online services for several datasets. For CARPE generated posters of the region and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) landscapes visit the CARPE Map Library. For online visualization of Congo Basin datasets visit the CARPE Mapper. The same datasets that are visualized in CARPE Mapper can be viewed in ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online or Google Earth by accessing their specific services provided in the REST URL format.

Spatial Datasets

Layer Name Provider Preview Description Download/
Rest URL
DRC Shifting Cultivation CARPE Forest Fragmentation and the Rural Complex Footprint have been mapped for the DRC for the periods 2000,2005,2010 and are available at the linked website for viewing and download. Download REST
CBFP Landscapes CARPE The boundary layers of the 12 CBFP landscapes. These 12 key biodiversity landscapes are located within seven countries with several landscapes being transnational and are recognized by international agreements promoting cooperation on environmental monitoring and law enforcement. These 12 landscapes form the pillar of CARPE's regional conservation strategy and cover an area of 680,300 km2. Download URL
Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Macrozones CARPE The boundary layers for the macrozones within the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba landscape. These macrozones cover protected areas, community forest zones, extractive resources zones, and a rural development zone. Download
Protected Areas WRI The protected areas dataset represents all national parks, wildlife reserves, forest reserves, hunting areas, animal sanctuaries, and all other protected areas. This dataset covers areas within the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. The layer is the combination of individual country protected from the WRI Forest Atlases plus the addition of protected areas for Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea from the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). Download
FACET products OSFAC FACET (Monitoring the forests of Central Africa using remotely sensed data sets) is an OSFAC project whose goal is to quantitatively evaluate the spatiotemporal dynamics of forest change in Central Africa through the use of multi-temporal satellite data. The atlases consist of Landsat image composites coupled with classifications of forest cover and forest cover loss for the periods 2000-2005-2010. The atlases currently available are for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (ROC). Link DRC Composites

DRC Forest Cover

ROC Composites

ROC Forest Cover
Intact Forest Landscapes IFL The world's Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) map is a spatial database (scale 1:1,000,000) that shows the extent of the intact forest landscapes (IFL) for year 2000 (approx.). The world's IFL map is the first global assessment of large undeveloped forest areas based on medium spatial resolution satellite imagery. The world's IFL map is the first global assessment of large undeveloped forest areas based on medium spatial resolution satellite imagery. Link URL
2008 GAUL World Administrative Boundaries FAO The Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL) is an initiative implemented by FAO within the EC-FAO Food Security Programme funded by the European Commission. GAUL aims at compiling and disseminating the most reliable spatial information on administrative units for all countries in the world. The GAUL dataset is broken down into three levels of administrative boundaries and units: Level 0 - International or country boundaries, Level 1 - boundaries that are entirely contained within level 0, and Level 2 - boundaries that are entirely contained within level 1. The original data and a more recent version can be found here. Download URL

Other Spatial Data Providers

Layer Name Provider Preview Description Download/link
WRI Forest Atlases WRI The World Resources Institute (WRI) Forest Atlases are map-based applications that facilitate visualization and management of forest information. The WRI Forest Atlases for each country contain datasets on protected areas, logging permits, mining permits, community forests and other land use allocations. Forest Atlases currently exist for Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Link
USGS Africa Ecosystems Mapping USGS The USGS RMGSC has modeled the distribution of terrestrial ecosystems for Africa using the global mapping methodology that was developed from a deductive, biophysical stratification approach to delineate ecosystems by their major structural elements. Each major structural component of ecosystems (land surface forms, surficial lithology, bioclimates, topographic position, and so forth) were modeled for the continent at the highest possible resolution and then spatially combined to produce a new map of biophysical settings for the continent, termed ecosystem structure footprints. Link
Le Référentiel Géographique Commun RGC Le Référentiel Géographique Commun (RGC) or the Geographic Common Repository was formed in 2006 by the UNJLC to act as a repository of geographical data for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is an effort to standardize the geographical datasets for the DRC instead of having every NGO and government agency maintaining different layer sets. Current dataset categories are administrative, physical, logistics, business data, and areas outside of the DRC. Link