The vast forest of the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical rainforest on earth and the lungs of Africa. Its incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem provides food, fresh water, shelter and medicine for tens of millions of people, and is home to many critically endangered species including forest elephants, gorillas, bonobos and okapis. Of the hundreds of mammal species discovered there so far, 39 are found nowhere else on Earth, and of its estimated 10,000 plant species, 3,300 are unique to the region.

The rainforest supports an astonishing range of life, within its teeming rivers, swamps and savannahs. But it also helps to sustain life across the whole planet. An estimated 8% of the earth’s carbon that is stored in living forests worldwide is stored in the forests of the DRC, making the country the fourth largest carbon reservoir in the world. The Congo Basin rainforest plays a critical role in regulating the global climate and halting runaway climate change, for the benefit of the entire biosphere.

But the forest, and the people and animals that depend upon it, are under threat as the unquenchable global thirst for natural resources, crops and foodstuffs means African lands are, more than ever, a target for investors. The solutions to these threats lie firmly with those who live there.

 

 

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Demonstration against SODEFOR

Image | September 23, 2010 at 13:25

Community representatives demonstrating outside a three-day community meeting organised by SODEFOR in Oshwe, Democratic Republic of Congo. Marching from the town to the conference hall, the demonstrators showed how fed up they were by chanting...

Oshwe communities protest against SODEFOR

Image | September 23, 2010 at 13:18

Hundreds of community representatives from Oshwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, protesting at continued logging by SODEFOR (Société de Développement Frostier). Their demonstration took place outside a three-day community meeting organised by...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 7

Video | August 16, 2010 at 11:44

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last of the seven episodes, before leaving Oshwe, Marion is given a guide of...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 6

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:40

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this sixth of seven episodes, Marion goes to meet the villagers to understand how...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 5

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:30

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this fifth of seven episodes, Marion meets Roger, a representative of local civil...

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