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.
Anti-poaching: Ivory seizure in Goma
Efforts to tackle poaching in the DRC continue to bear fruit thanks to the financial support of USAID and technical support of ...
Lutte contre le braconnage : Saisie d’ivoire à Goma
Les efforts consentis dans la lutte contre le braconnage en RDC portent des fruits grâce à l’appui financier de l’USAID et le ...
Taking back the trees
How community forests could change lives in rural Democratic Republic of Congo
Justice for elephants
Fighting the ivory trade in the courts of the Republic of Congo