Lake Télé Community Reserve

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Lac Télé Community Reserve
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Map showing the location of Lac Télé Community Reserve
Map showing the location of Lac Télé Community Reserve
Location in the Congo Republic
Nearest city Mbandaka
Coordinates 1°20′51″N 17°09′15″E / 1.347589°N 17.154121°E / 1.347589; 17.154121Coordinates: 1°20′51″N 17°09′15″E / 1.347589°N 17.154121°E / 1.347589; 17.154121
Area 4,389 square kilometres (1,695 sq mi)
Established 10 May 2001

The Lake Télé Community Reserve is found in the Republic of the Congo. It was established on the 10 May 2001. This site covers 4,389 square kilometres (1,695 sq mi) around Lake Télé.[1] In August 2010, the Cooperation Agreement between the governments of the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the Lake Tele - Lake Tumba landscape provided for creation of a trans-national protected area including the Lake Télé Community Reserve and the Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe area in the DRC.[2]

The reserve is a huge area of inaccessible swamp forest, with no roads. In 2006 and 2007 researchers from the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society investigated the region, finding evidence of an estimated population of 125,000 Western lowland gorillas. This was more than the current estimated total population of the species.[3]

The soil under this reserve contains major stores of peat which is rich in carbon. This discovery makes conservation of the area even more crucial, as if disturbed the carbon could escape into the atmosphere exacerbating global warming. In light of this discovery, the Wildlife Conservation Society advocated expansion of the reserve.[4]


  1. ^ "Lac Télé Community Reserve". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Accord de coopération entre les gouvernements de la République démocratique du Congo et la République du Congo relatif à la mise en place de la binationale lac Télé - lac Tumba" (PDF) (in French). COMMISSION DES FORETS D'AFMOUE CENTRALE. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  3. ^ "More than 100,000 rare gorillas found in Congo". CNN World. August 5, 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Chelsea (11 January 2017). "Scientists just discovered a massive pool of carbon in central Africa that nobody knew was there". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2017.