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The Congo Forest

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.

Bonobos, considered to be humankind's closest relatives, were the last of the great apes to be discovered and live exclusively in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

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.

The latest updates

 

French and Cameroonian presidents meet, but will they talk about palm oil?

Blog entry by Jean-François Julliard | 30 January, 2013

The French President Francois Hollande today received his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, at the Elysée Palace in Paris – and there was not a lack of potential topics for discussion. Yet surely the one thing that had to be...

Challenging year ends in hope for Cameroonian environmental activist

Blog entry by Alexa Phillips | 19 December, 2012

For many people thoughts are already turning to the festive period and a well-earned rest. All Nasako Besingi wants for Christmas is for Herakles Farms to say they are leaving him and his fellow villagers’ land alone. 2012 has...

Africa's False Dilemma

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 29 October, 2012 17 comments

Ecological and economic welfare are two sides of the same coin and having to choose between developing economies and societies on one hand, and protecting the environment on the other, is a false dilemma. This false dilemma is often...

Voix De La Foret

Video | 11 October, 2012 at 11:26

Greenpeace Africa released a brand new song entitled ""Voix de la Forêt" (The Voices of the Forest), which is performed by 11 internationally acclaimed singers from the Congo Basin countries; in a bid to highlight the importance of the world's...

Hand in hand to protect the Congo Basin forests

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

What began in 2011 as a call to the youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to speak out for the protection of their forests has finally come to  fruition. Men, women and children from Kinshasa city and surroundings have come...

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