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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Conning the Congo

Publication | January 14, 2010 at 15:33

This new investigative report exposes another hidden aspect of export-driven resource extraction in the DRC and the neighbouring Republic of the Congo. Internal company documents obtained by Greenpeace International show how the German owned,...

Greenpeace launches in the DRC

Video | December 28, 2009 at 14:36

Greenpeace launches its new office in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the second on the African continent - which will focus on the protection of the Congo Basin rainforest.

Children in Logging Concession - Democratic Republic of the Congo Documentation

Image | December 8, 2009 at 15:34

Children running after a truck, in the village of Bossa where Sodefor has a logging concession. Sodefor is a logging company that operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Expansion of logging into remaining areas of intact forests in the...

Greenpeace staff member wins alternative Nobel Prize

Feature story | October 13, 2009 at 9:58

We are thrilled to announce that one of our staff members, René Ngongo, has today been named a recipient of the 2009 Right Livelihood award.

Forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Where's the Reform?

Feature story | July 30, 2009 at 7:19

In an open letter delivered to the DRC's Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism last Sunday, Greenpeace denounces the serious lack of transparency in implementation of forestry sector reform and requests urgent clarifications...

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