What We Do
The Congo Basin: a forest under threat
THREATS WE FACE
2. Deforestation and forest degradation.
3. Unsustainable mining
4. Climate change
5. Weak governance
HOW WWF IS ADDRESSING THESE THREATS
2. Support a network of protected areas which provides equitable benefits to all.
3. Working with communities and providing practical help to overcome poverty and to help them use forest resources in a sustainable way.
4. Working with companies and promoting sustainable forest exploitation through certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and economic incentives like the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme.
5. Advocating for minimising the impact of extractive industries, infrastructure projects and agri-businesses on key landscapes and species by promoting land use planning and resource governance.
6. Reducing local demand for wood fuel and charcoal by working with local communities and co-operatives to plant trees and produce fuel efficient stoves.
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES
Their future is intimately linked to that of the forests, and they have a wealth of knowledge about the natural riches of the area. But many are struggling to meet their basic needs: poverty, disease and conflict are all too common.
With the region's population expected to double to 150 million by 2050, tackling these issues becomes even more important. Forests have a major role to play in improving people’s livelihoods.
By focusing on the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, WWF seeks to ensure that the Congo Basin’s forest and freshwater ecosystems will continue to provide for the region’s people, now and for future generations.