Volume 10 (01), January 2024
TERRESTRIAL LAND USE/ COVER MODIFICATION IN THE MULONGWE MICROCATCHMENT OF THE LAKE TANGANYIKA BASIN, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
Crispin Swedi Bilombele
The Mulongwe micro-catchment within the Lake Tanganyika basin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced significant terrestrial land use and cover modifications. This study investigates the extent and nature of these alterations through a comprehensive analysis of land use patterns and their impacts on the local environment. The study aims to identify and understand the drivers behind land use modifications, encompassing anthropogenic activities, agricultural practices, deforestation, and urbanization. Furthermore, it explores the ecological implications of these alterations on the region’s biodiversity, hydrology, and soil quality. Insights gained from this analysis will contribute to a deeper comprehension of the dynamics between human activities and ecosystem changes in this critical area of the Lake Tanganyika basin.