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Land and Resources, Environmental Issues

Ruvubu National Park, endangered species, human settlements, pastureland, international agreement

Poor land management has damaged the country’s environment. Overgrazing and the expansion of agriculture into marginal lands have contributed to severe soil erosion. Most of the country’s once extensive forests have been cleared for pastureland and farmland, and human settlements are encroaching upon the habitats of Burundi’s wildlife. Of the animal species that inhabit Burundi, 14 (2001) are threatened. Burundi has ratified an international agreement intended to protect endangered species. About 5.6 percent (1997) of the country’s total area is officially protected from development. The main protected areas are Kibira National Park, Ruvubu National Park, Ruzizi Nature Reserve, and Bururi Nature Reserve.



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Ruvubu National Park, endangered species, human settlements, pastureland, international agreement, animal species, farmland, percent, development

 
 

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