HELP DEFEND THE RAINFOREST FROM THE THREAT OF PALM OIL
We all know the catastrophic consequences palm oil production has brought to the once rich rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia.
Now imagine that same widespread decimation in the Congo Basin rainforest, the world’s second largest tropical rainforest, home to endangered wildlife and around 40 million people – not to mention a vital buffer against global climate change.
There’s an estimated 25-30 BILLION tons of carbon stored in the Congo Basin’s forests - If all of that were converted into CO2, it would be over 240 times the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions.
With a rapidly shrinking land supply in Asia and demand for palm oil constantly rising, palm oil expansion in Africa is fast becoming a reality, and this is starting to have drastic consequences for the environment and local forest-dependent people.
Approximately two-thirds of the Congo Basin's total forest area – 115 million hectares – is suitable for growing oil palms. That’s nearly FIVE TIMES the size of the UK.
In Cameroon alone there are six football pitches-worth of dense forest currently being bulldozed each day for palm oil, just a stones-throw away from forest that is home to a wide variety of wildlife including the rare Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, the most endangered type of chimpanzee.
If the Congo Basin rainforest is to be protected for generations to come, it is essential its future is left in the hands of indigenous people and local communities – not profit-hungry palm oil developers.
We need your support to save the rainforest.
We must act now if we are to stop this and prevent the rich Congo Basin rainforest suffering the same fate as the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia.
RFUK is supporting investigative research on the ground to document these threats and shine a light on them. Please help us put a stop to palm oil expansion by donating today.