PROTECT THE CONGO BASIN FOREST
Greenpeace Africa has made the Congo Basin a priority – the aim of this forest campaign is to prevent large scale deforestation in the Congo Basin by 2020, while respecting the rights and livelihoods of indigenous communities. The Congo Basin is currently targeted by palm oil and timber industry giants as an attractive resource to exploit for expansion and profit.
The forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin spans 6 central African countries. It stretches through Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With over 500 million hectares, the Congo Basin is the second largest area of contiguous moist tropical forest left in the world and represents approximately one-fifth of the world’s remaining closed-canopy tropical forest.
The Congo Basin forest does not only play a critical role for global biodiversity, these cumulative forests provide unique environments which support more than 10 000 species of flora, over hundreds of fauna, and homes to immediate surrounding forest dwelling communities. This forest is home to three of the world’s four species of great apes and many of the world’s forest elephants, gorillas, okapis and bonobos. It also provides vital regional and global ecological services such as the carbon sink and catchment basin, therefore aiding the regulation of our global climate which is becoming increasingly reliant on fossil fuels. Despite the beauties this forest holds and its growing environmental importance, the Congo Basin forest is being destroyed for industrial agriculture, population expansion and a burgeoning palm oil industry. The equivalent of a soccer field is destroyed every two seconds, devastating many communities, risking the extinction of many species of wildlife and vegetation, and ultimately pushing the climate closer to an irreversible tipping point.
Greenpeace Africa exposes scandals on industry players and investors funding destructive projects in the Congo Basin. It disrupts the current environment of public and private investment. This disruption in the status quo drives out bad investors and their projects, while encouraging other investors to adopt an environmentally conscious approach.
Images of the Greenpeace Africa and My Esperanza “Give the Congo Basin Forest a Chance Ship Tour”, October / November 2017 during which an expedition of U.K. and Congolese tropical forest Scientists discovered the world’s most extensive Peatland (expansive carbon sinks) complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dance for the Congo Basin Rain Forest.