The Congo Basin spans across six countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
There are approximately 10,000 tropical plant species in the Congo Basin, of which an estimated 30% are unique to the region. Endangered wildlife, including forest elephants, chimpanzees, bonobos, and lowland and mountain gorillas inhabit the lush forests. 400 other species of mammals, 1,000 species of birds and 700 species of fish can also be found here.
The Congo Basin has been inhabited by humans for more than 50,000 years and it provides food, fresh water and shelter to more than 80 million people. Nearly 250 distinct ethnic groups exist, and the region’s Ba’Aka people are among the most well known representatives of an ancient hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Their lives and well-being are linked intimately with the forest.
New era for conservation and communities in Itombwe, DRC
Authorities approve reserve boundaries in major boost for local people and endangered Grauer's gorillas
WWF statement on Mai-Ndombe Emission Reductions Programme in DRC
DRC advances to the final stage of negotiations before launching the Mai-Ndombe Emission Reductions Programme.
12 Chinese Forestry Companies Commit to Responsible Forest Management in Gabon
Companies made commitment at launch of the "Sustainable Forest Management Declaration."