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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Loud and Clear: Solar Radio Launch Success!

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | July 16, 2012

In the days just before we launched the new Solar Powered radio station, the village of Oshwe was abuzz. People were walking around, radio glued to their ear, trying their best to catch the frequency that our engineers were still...

SUNiversity training in Oshwe, DRC

Image gallery | July 11, 2012

Scrap Proposed Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park -- World Heritage Committee

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa, Forests Campaigner, Greenpeace Afric | July 5, 2012

Last week the World Heritage Committee (WHC) called upon governments and oil companies to stop the proposed oil exploration in Virunga National Park in the DRC , during its annual meeting in St. Petersburg. But given the...

It’s SUNiversity time in Oshwe, DRC

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | July 5, 2012

Oshwe is a small forest community deep in the indigenous rainforests of the DRC. Although administratively classified as an urban area, it has all the characteristics of a rural community. It is supplied with manufactured goods,...

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