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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.

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The Mystery of McKinsey's Black Box

Blog entry by John Bowler | 7 December, 2011 2 comments

Hello from Durban, home of COP17, and for the past 10 days home of the Greenpeace forest team. Sometimes serendipity just waltzes right up to you. And that is what has just happened. Earlier this year a Greenpeace investigation ...

Intact Forest Landscapes: Why it is crucial to protect them from industrial exploitation

Publication | 23 November, 2011 at 13:48

Following the release of a new report compiling the latest science about large intact forests landscapes (IFLs), their critical importance for people, biodiversity and climate, and the consequences of fragmenting them (in particular via logging...

Stolen future: Conflicts and logging in Congo's rainforests - the case of Danzer

Publication | 7 November, 2011 at 10:33

The logging sector in the DRC continues to make shocking headlines with its use of violence and human rights abuses to quell villagers who simply demanded that they receive what is rightfully theirs. Danzer has again been involved in a...

“We are people already sold” say voices from African rainforests

Blog entry by Susanne Breitkopf, Greenpeace International | 6 October, 2011 5 comments

Approximately 40 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo depend on the rainforest for their basic needs, such as medicine, food or shelter. In this image a local fisherman guides his boat through the waters of Lac Tumba...

Deforestation and violence in the Congo

Blog entry by Rene Ngongo | 15 July, 2011 1 comment

I’m writing from Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These days I am torn between outrage and bitterness when I hear about the unbelievable violence that has once again been unleashed on the heart of the...

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