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Cutting to the truth on Congo Basin deforestation

Blog entry by Danielle Van Oijen | July 26, 2013

The Congo Basin is home to the second largest tropical rain-forested area on earth.  New research publicised this week suggests that the rate of deforestation in the region is actually slowing.  However this message does not...

We achieved a lot together during our forest ship tour

Blog entry by Lerato Tsotetsi | November 15, 2017

It must be said over and over, that the Congo Basin forest is the second largest rainforest in the world ! It is majestic and beautiful, it is a home and the doctor’s office to animals and humans alike. This forest harbours...

Investigation raises doubts of legality of DRC timber held in Belgian port

Blog entry by Raoul Monsembula | April 11, 2013

Last month Greenpeace Africa released a report on how the illegal logging sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in a state of organized chaos, with numerous companies flouting regulations and threatening the country’s...

The huge scale of illegal logging in DRC laid bare

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | January 28, 2013

Deep in the vast rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, chainsaws are buzzing. Heavy machinery rumbles and growls, as loggers slice their way through the forest. Three newly published investigations by Resource...

Let the Moratorium be!

Blog entry by Victorine Che Thoener | November 20, 2017

With the recent confirmation that the Congo Basin forest hosts the world’s biggest tropical peatland, the importance of this forest is now drawing global attention. It has a huge role to play in the protection of our global climate. ...

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...

22 000 Sign Petition to Save Congo Forest

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | June 5, 2012

The Congo basin is home to the world’s second largest rainforest. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on earth, with incredibly rich biodiversity, it’s also a vital source of food, medicine, and other basic services for...

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...

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,...

Forest Certification Scheme Ignores Human Rights Violations in the Congo Basin

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen, Forest Campaigner | March 27, 2012

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) industrial logging is still totally out of control. Ongoing social conflicts, including extreme violence, rape and human rights abuse prompted Greenpeace International to file a complaint in...

The oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Africa, the Virunga National Park is under...

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | March 20, 2012

The Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated along the border of DRC and Uganda. The Park is a haven for over 218 mammal and 706 bird species, a beautifully lush environment where biodiversity...

The Future Of The Forests in Poetry competition closes with great success

Blog entry by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule | November 18, 2011

Children of the village of Bamande work hard in the forest carrying heavy planks of wood. © Jan-Joseph Stok / Greenpeace The The Future of Forests in Poetry contest organized by Greenpeace Africa in Democratic...

Save the Congolose Forests: Putting the Power in the Hands of the Youth

Blog entry by Monica Davies | September 29, 2011

With Congolose forests under constant threat from logging companies, Greenpeace Africa is launching an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees. With this, we want to draw awareness...

Illegal Logging in the DRC

Image gallery | November 13, 2014

Stolen Futures: Conflicts and Logging in Congo's Rainforests - the case of Danzer

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International | November 8, 2011

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) violence associated with logging companies is not uncommon, but evidence and testimonies collected by Greenpeace show that the Yalisika community of Bosanga was punished with exceptional...

Keeping the home fires burning (efficiently)

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | June 14, 2012

I'm in Oshwe, a small forest community of around 22 000 people who live deep in the indigenous rainforests of the DRC. Here people survive by hunting, farming, fishing, and gathering from the rainforest. For this community, the...

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...

Stop the devastation of the DRC forests

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | May 15, 2012

A visit to an ‘artisanal’ logging operation.   We are at the gate of an artisanal logging operation where military guards are in charge of the security. “Stop! Where do you come from and who are you?” The armed military    asks.

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

Blog entry by Susanne Breitkopf, Greenpeace USA | October 6, 2011

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...

Save the Virunga National Park from oil exploration

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | April 13, 2012

Greenpeace adds its voice to that of Congolese civil society and the local communities of Lubero and Rutshuru and calls on the Congolese Government and oil companies to respect the law and international conventions in force in the...

Danzer sells its logging operations in the DRC — will its successor do any better?

Blog entry by Mike Baillie and Monica Davies | March 22, 2012

After months of rumours, it’s official: Danzer has sold its industrial logging operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Effective February 23 rd , its subsidiary Siforco (which holds logging rights to around 2,1...

Coming Soon: Sun-Powered Forest Radio

Blog entry by Michael Baillie, Augustine Kasambule | March 15, 2012

Oshwe is a forest community of around 22 000 people living deep in the indigenous rainforests of the DRC. Ringed by thick foliage and rivers, it can only be reached by plane from Kinshasa. There is no electricity in Oshwe, and no...

Saving Sumatra

Photo essay | October 29, 2010 at 12:12

During his recent visit to Indonesia, Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International Executive Director) and a Greenpeace team flew over Sumatra to bear witness to the forest destruction that is happening there.

Carving Up The Congo

Photo essay | December 16, 2009 at 20:42

Natalia Truchi visited the Congo river in March 2007. Greenpeace organised the expedition to give journalists and politicians a real insight into the destruction and injustice related to the logging industry in the Demoocratic Republic of the Congo.

The Governor of Kisangani speaks with Greenpeace

Image | July 19, 2009 at 23:00

SUNiversity training in Oshwe, DRC

Image gallery | July 11, 2012

Greenpeace launches the Kinshasa office in

Image | November 22, 2008 at 12:03

Greenpeace board director Lalita Ramdas at the launch of the Greenpeace office in Kinshasa.

Greenpeace launches the Kinshasa office in

Image | December 3, 2008 at 12:05

Children in Logging Concession - Democratic Republic of the Congo Documentation

Image | December 8, 2009 at 16:34

Children running after a truck, in the village of Bossa where Sodefor has a logging concession. Sodefor is a logging company that operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Expansion of logging into remaining areas of intact forests in the...

Greenpeace launches in the DRC

Video | December 28, 2009 at 15:36

Greenpeace launches its new office in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the second on the African continent - which will focus on the protection of the Congo Basin rainforest.

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 2

Video | July 7, 2010 at 13:30

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this second of seven episodes, Raoul, who works for Greenpeace Africa, suggests a...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 3

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:10

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this third of seven episodes, Marion leaves Oshwe by pirogue. All along the river...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 4

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:20

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this fourth of seven episodes, after spending her first night in a forest village...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 5

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:30

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this fifth of seven episodes, Marion meets Roger, a representative of local civil...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 6

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:40

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this sixth of seven episodes, Marion goes to meet the villagers to understand how...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 7

Video | August 16, 2010 at 11:44

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last of the seven episodes, before leaving Oshwe, Marion is given a guide of...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 1

Video | July 7, 2010 at 11:33

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this first of seven episodes, Marion arrives in Oshwe, and Grégoire of Greenpeace...

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise arrives

Image | November 22, 2008 at 11:58

Local people welcome the Greenpeace ship MV Arctic Sunrise arriving in the port of Matadi. The ship is visiting the region in occasion of the launch of the Greenpeace Africa office in Kinshasa.

A logger's children stand in front of afrormosia

Image | March 24, 2008 at 0:00

Children of a logger stand in front of Afrormosia logs in the SAFBOIS concession. Afrormosia is a protected tree species whose international trade is strictly regulated (listed under CITES Appendix II) .

The mysterious Okapi

Image | November 12, 2008 at 14:19

The mysterious Okapi, shown here in captivity, is only found in the dense rainforests of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This animal, a relative of the giraffe, is rarely seen in the wild.

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise arrives

Image | November 22, 2008 at 12:01

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise arrives in the DRC harbour of Matadi, the country's principal port for timber exports. The arrival of the ship marks the opening of the Greenpeace office in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise arrives

Image | November 22, 2008 at 12:02

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise arrives in the DRC harbour of Matadi, the country's principal port for timber exports. The arrival of the ship marks the opening of the Greenpeace office in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Forest on the banks of the Congo river system

Image | January 10, 2004 at 9:04

Forest on the banks of the Congo river system, Equatorial province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Greenpeace fact finding tour aimed at documenting the social and environmental impacts of industrial logging.

Protest in Oshwe, DRC

Image | September 23, 2010 at 13:32

Community representatives hold signs outside a three-day community meeting organised by logging giant SODEFOR. Having been the victim of many broken SODEFOR promises in the past, participants were skeptical about the company’s commitment to make...

Woman Welcomes MV Arctic Sunrise

Image | November 22, 2008 at 11:56

A woman waves to the Greenpeace ship MV Arctic Sunrise arriving in the port of Matadi. The ship is visiting the region in occasion of the launch of the Greenpeace Africa office in Kinshasa.

Oshwe communities protest against SODEFOR

Image | September 23, 2010 at 13:18

Hundreds of community representatives from Oshwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, protesting at continued logging by SODEFOR (Société de Développement Frostier). Their demonstration took place outside a three-day community meeting organised by...

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