Land classification for management planning in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia.

Published online
12 Jan 1970
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Astle, W. L. & Webster, R. & Lawrance, C. J.

Publication language
Africa South of Sahara & Southern Africa & Zambia


The Luangwa Valley is about 700 km long and up to 90 km wide, and contains about 15, 000 km2 of game reserves where local overgrazing and overbrowsing is a problem. Notes are given on land facets, soils and hydrology, and vegetation of the 9 land systems distinguished; this information is being used for aerial photo-interpretation and mapping. Species lists are given for riparian forest, flood plain grassland, Colophospermum mopane[Hardwickia mopane] woodland, thicket and woodland savanna on free-draining alluvium, miombo (Brachy-stegia/Julbernardia/Isoberlinià) woodland on deep soils and miombo scrub on shallow soils.-R.B.

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