Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Population

Population

82000000 people
Country Size

Country size

234500000 hectares
Forest Cover

Forest cover

100000000 hectares
  • DRC hosts Africa’s largest expanse of tropical forest, including roughly 60 per cent of the Congo Basin rainforest – home to flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. These forests are now under unprecedented pressure from the extractive industries, infrastructure development and agricultural expansion as DRC tries to emerge from two decades of political instability and violent conflict that led to the collapse of the economy.
  • In 2014, it was reported that close to 90 per cent of logging in DRC is illegal, and there is little immediate prospect of state-led improvements to this situation. A moratorium on industrial logging has been in place since 2002, though there have been repeated attempts over the years to have the moratorium lifted.
  • Efforts to conserve the forest, such as through reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) and the protected area network, have often wrongly targeted communities as the agents of forest destruction, further impinging on their land and resource rights.
  • Working here since 1998.

Projects in this country

Real-time Monitoring

Real-time Monitoring

Real-time community-based monitoring is a tool that connects local people with national law enforcement in an effort to stop illegal logging and deforestation. Using our bespoke ForestLink system, for...

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Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation

Conservation policy and practice has historically failed to take into account forest and indigenous peoples' rights and needs. In so doing, it has also failed to protect forests and biodiversity. ...

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Community Forests in DRC

Community Forests in DRC

Our Community Forests project aims to establish a successful model of community-based forest management, one that focuses on the rights, needs and priorities of local communities, including those of m...

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Industrial logging

Industrial logging

Industrial logging is one of the main drivers of deforestation in the tropics. Particularly in the Congo Basin, governments allocate vast expanses of pristine rainforest to logging, without recognisin...

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Climate Change and REDD

Climate Change and REDD

Deforestation is one of leading contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, and finding sustainable solutions to this issue is vitally important. However, recent attempts to address deforesta...

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Mapping For Rights

Mapping For Rights

Mapping For Rights is an award-winning, interactive community map project for the Congo Basin, which started in November 2011 and is ongoing. By highlighting the presence of otherwise 'invisible' i...

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Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning

Through a participatory land use planning programme, we are supporting rainforest communities in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to achieve long-term, sustainable development by gainin...

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Partners

CADEM

CADEM

CADEM (Centre d’accompagnement de la population pour le développement de Maï Ndombe) are located in Nioki, Bandundu Province in DRC. CADEM's goal is to promote grassroots sustainable initiatives to enable the Mai Ndombe population to better their living conditions and to defend their common interests. We have worked with CADEM since 2003.

CAGDFT

CAGDFT

CAGDFT (Centre D’Appui à la Gestion Durable des Fôrets Tropicales) are located in Kinchasa, DRC. Founded in 2011, it aims to promote the well-being of local communities and indigenous people through capacity building and direct support of different actors involved in forest management. We have worked with CAGDFT since 2014 on initiatives such as community forestry.

GASHE

GASHE

GASHE (Groupe d’action pour sauver l’homme et son environnement) are located in Mbandaka, Equateur Province, DRC. The charity aims to protect the environment and its resources whilst encouraging human development of those who live there, such as forest and indigenous communities. We have worked with GASHE since 2012 on issues such as community forestry, real-time forest monitoring and sustainable conservation.

Réseau CREF

Réseau CREF

Réseau CREF advocates for a society where the free, informed and prior consent of local communities and indigenous peoples is respected and applied. They promote customary rights and tenure rights over land and the management of natural resources for sustainable development and forest preservation.