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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

 

Save Congo's Forests Action in Brussels

Image | June 27, 2010 at 15:55

27 June 2010- People hold up green leaflets reading in French 'Save Congo's Forests' during a demonstration in Parc du Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark), a few days before Congo's 50th independence anniversary. Stop forest crime in DRC .

Stop Forest Crime in DRC

Publication | March 31, 2010 at 14:52

Impunity still prevails in logging operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo's forest protector receives Right Livelihood Award

Feature story | December 4, 2009 at 0:00

As Barack Obama prepares to pick up a Peace Prize he's yet to earn, a truly deserving activist collects the Alternative Nobel Prize for his work to save the forests of the Congo.

The World Bank and the Congo Forests

Feature story | December 3, 2009 at 0:00

On 3d December 2009, just a few days before the Copenhagen Climate Conference, Greenpeace, Global Witness and the Rainforest Fundation delivered an open letter to the World Bank criticising its role in the forest sector in the Democratic Republic...

Greenpeace launches in the DRC

Video | February 17, 2009 at 16:18

Greenpeace launches its new office in the Democratic Republic of Congo - it will focus on the protection of the Congo Basin rainforest.

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