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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The Congo Forests take centre stage

Blog entry by Loan Tran-Thanh | October 29, 2012

The culmination of our events inviting the Congolese youth to stand up for their forest environment was a moving one. A year ago, we started with a poetry competition , and last weekend, we welcomed over 180 guests to a...

Voices Of The Forest

Image gallery | October 8, 2012

Hand in hand to protect the Congo Basin forests

Blog entry by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule | October 8, 2012

What began in 2011 as a call to the youth of the DRC to speak out for the protection of their forests, has come to this grand moment – men, women and children from Kinshasa city and surroundings coming out to take part in the filming...

This is what APP’s new sustainability commitments look like

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | September 28, 2012

Asia Pulp and Paper has spent the last few weeks telling customers around the world that the company’s latest sustainability pledges mean that this time, the changes the company has announced are genuine. To the untrained eye new...

Be Part of Greenpeace Africa’s New Forest Project

Blog entry by Monica Davies | September 19, 2012

Last year, we asked the youth of the DRC what they thought the future of the Congo forests was, and they answered louder than we ever expected – we received 2600 poems that were real cries from the heart of youths who see the future...

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