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LES LACS MYSTERIEUX DE LA R. D. CONGO

L'ICCN (Institut congolais pour la conservation de la nature )vient de découvrir deux lacs mystérieux à l’est de la R. D. Congo. Il s’agit des lacs Lungwe et Kayanja, situés dans la réserve naturelle d’Itombwe. La réserve naturelle d’Itombwe est une grande foret d’altitude d’une superficie de plus de 7 000Km2 partant du lac Tanganyika . C’est une grande foret danse qui couvre les sols riches des territoires ruraux de Fizi,Uvira,Mwenga, Shabunda et walungu.
Ces deux lacs mystérieux sont :le lac Lungwe situé à 2 200m d’altitude et Kayanja situé à 3300m d’altitude sur les massifs forestiers d’Itombwe. Ces deux lacs se trouvent sur le sommet le plus élevé de la province du sud kivu qui est le mont MOYI avec 3 450m d’altitude. Des grands affluents du fleuve Congo tirent leurs sources dans les massifs d’itombwe communément connu sous le nom péjoratif des massifs de Mitumba .on peut citer, la rivière Elila,Ulindi,Mutambala,Lwiko….
La plus grande particularité est celle d’avoir deux lacs supérieurs situés sur une haute altitude de 3 450m par rapport au niveau de la mer, Servant de réservoir d’eau durant toutes les saisons. Jusque là aucune carte hydrographique de la R.D.C.n’a présenté des informations sur ces deux lacs. Ils ne tarissent jamais pendant la saison sèche. Ils servent d’abreuvoir pour les antilopes, les gorilles, les chimpanzés, les singes, les félins, les oiseaux et autres espèces animales rares se trouvant dans cette foret. La régularité de leurs débits contribue à arroser les hautes terres d’Itombwe couvertes par des longs arbres. D’aucun pense qu’il s’agit là des lacs de cratères formés après l’extinction des vieux mouvements volcaniques. Ces lacs sont se trouvent à des endroits très cachés et couverts de mystères du pouvoir traditionnel.Ces lacs donnent naissance à des vastes marais d'altitude qui ont des eaux thermales.(Maji ya Moto).
Cette forte verdure que nous retrouvons à l’Est de la R. D. Congo fait que notre pays soit considérée comme le deuxième poumon du monde. De même que les êtres humains, le monde devrait avoir besoin de prendre soin de son appareil respiratoire.
Ma plus grande surprise est de constater que le monde qui respire l’air purifié par ses deux poumons n’en fait pas bon usage. Ces deux poumons sont la foret de l’Amazonie au Brésil et la foret du bassin du Congo dont la grande partie se retrouve en R. D. Congo et précisément à l'Est.
* Des solutions que les populations ont déjà trouvées localement sont:
1.Un acte de reconnaissance juridique attestant la foret d'Itombwe comme patrimoine mondiale devant être conservée.
2.La population locale accepte les lois de conservation et commence à diminuer des activités de destruction de la reverse.

*Que faire pour arrêter ce suicide écologique qui conduit l’humanité à un asphyxie connu sous les termes génériques de : réchauffement, perturbations climatiques, destruction de l’environnement ?
Notre solution est que les habitants de la planète terre devraient s’unir comme un seul homme pour gérer ses deux poumons.
Au niveau local,nous souhaiterions que chaque habitant paye la taxe qui sera consacrée à supporter les activités de conservation de cette foret.
*Pour une conservation durable et efficace nous suggérons que des centrales hydroélectriques soient construites en vue de diminuer les besoins des populations riveraines en énergie des bois.
Ezéchiel-Emmanuel Lwesso

English translation by community member Zhuyun Maggie Xiao

The Mysterious Lakes of Congo

ICCN (Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature) has discovered two mysterious lakes in the east of the R. D. Congo. The lakes are and Lungwe lake and Kayanja lake, located in the Itombwe natural reserve. The nature reserve of Itombwe is a huge forest with an area of over 7000 km^2 starting from lac Tanganyika.

This is a large and dense forest which covers the rich soils of the rural territories of Fizi, Uvira, Mwenga, Shabunda and walungu.

These two mysterious lakes are: Lungwe Lake located at an altitude of 2200 m and Kayanja located at 3300m above sea level on the massive forest of Itombwe. These two lakes are located above the most erect peak of the province of South Kivu, which is Mount Moyi with an altitude of 3450m. The large tributaries of the Congo River originates from those massif of Itombwe community known by their pejorative name of massif Mitumba. There are examples such as the Elila river, Ulindi, Mutambala, Lwiko…

The greatest feature is that of having two upper lakes situated at a higher altitude of 3450m from the sea level. Serving the water tank during all seasons. So far, all hydrographic maps of RDC has presented information on these two lakes. They never dry up during the dry season. They serve as the watering source for antelopes, gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, cats, birds and other rare animal species found in this forest.

The regularity of water flow contributes to watering the highlands in Itombwe covered by tall trees.

Some would think that it is about the crater lakes that formed after the extinction of the old volcanic movements. These lakes are located at well hidden places and covered mysteries of traditional power. The lakes give rise to extensive upland swamps which have hot water. (Maji ya Moto)

This intense green that we find in Eastern DRC allows our country to be considered as the second lung of the world. As humans, people need to take care of their respirator.

My biggest surprise was to see that the people all over the world breathes the air purified by both lungs but does not make good use of it. Both lungs are the forest of the Amazon forest in Brazil and the Congo Basin which is mostly found in R. D. Congo and specifically in the East.

* Solutions which people have found locally are:

1. A certificate attesting to the legal recognition of Itombwe Forest as a world heritage to be preserved.

2. The local population accepts the conservation laws and begins to decrease destruction activities to the reserve.

* What to do to stop this ecological suicide which led humanity to asphyxiation, known by the generic terms: warming, climate disruption, and environmental destruction?

Our solution is that the inhabitants of the planet earth should unite together to manage both lungs.

At the local level, we would like that each person pays the tax that will be dedicated to support conservation activities of this forest.

* For a sustainable and effective conservation we suggest that hydropower plants are built in order to reduce the needs of local communities in using wood to provide energy.

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The Mysterious Lakes of Congo
ICCN (Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature) has discovered two mysterious lakes in the east of the R. D. Congo. The lakes are and Lungwe lake and Kayanja lake, located in the Itombwe natural reserve. The nature reserve of Itombwe is a huge forest with an area of over 7000 km^2 starting from lac Tanganyika.

This is a large and dense forest which covers the rich soils of the rural territories of Fizi, Uvira, Mwenga, Shabunda and walungu.

These two mysterious lakes are: Lungwe Lake located at an altitude of 2200 m and Kayanja located at 3300m above sea level on the massive forest of Itombwe. These two lakes are located above the most erect peak of the province of South Kivu, which is Mount Moyi with an altitude of 3450m. The large tributaries of the Congo River originates from those massif of Itombwe community known by their pejorative name of massif Mitumba. There are examples such as the Elila river, Ulindi, Mutambala, Lwiko…

The greatest feature is that of having two upper lakes situated at a higher altitude of 3450m from the sea level. Serving the water tank during all seasons. So far, all hydrographic maps of RDC has presented information on these two lakes. They never dry up during the dry season. They serve as the watering source for antelopes, gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, cats, birds and other rare animal species found in this forest.

The regularity of water flow contributes to watering the highlands in Itombwe covered by tall trees.

Some would think that it is about the crater lakes that formed after the extinction of the old volcanic movements. These lakes are located at well hidden places and covered mysteries of traditional power. The lakes give rise to extensive upland swamps which have hot water. (Maji ya Moto)

This intense green that we find in Eastern DRC allows our country to be considered as the second lung of the world. As humans, people need to take care of their respirator.

My biggest surprise was to see that the people all over the world breathes the air purified by both lungs but does not make good use of it. Both lungs are the forest of the Amazon forest in Brazil and the Congo Basin which is mostly found in R. D. Congo and specifically in the East.

* Solutions which people have found locally are:

1. A certificate attesting to the legal recognition of Itombwe Forest as a world heritage to be preserved.

2. The local population accepts the conservation laws and begins to decrease destruction activities to the reserve.

* What to do to stop this ecological suicide which led humanity to asphyxiation, known by the generic terms: warming, climate disruption, and environmental destruction?

Our solution is that the inhabitants of the planet earth should unite together to manage both lungs.

At the local level, we would like that each person pays the tax that will be dedicated to support conservation activities of this forest.

* For a sustainable and effective conservation we suggest that hydropower plants are built in order to reduce the needs of local communities in using wood to provide energy.

Maggie Xiao
Student at Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA

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