Threats to Rainforests

Every 2 seconds, we lose an area of rainforest the size of a football pitch

Deforestation and forest degradation accounts for AROUND 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions

Logging, mining, oil exploration and industrial plantations are some of the leading causes of deforestation

 

The Congo Basin rainforest is a unique home to many endangered and threatened animal species, including the okapi, the bonobo and the forest elephant

Industrial logging concessions cover around 50 million hectares of forest in the Congo Basin - twice the size of the UK

Illegal logging costs the world £23 billion each year. In Africa, losses from activities like illegal logging are twice as large as international aid receipts

 

Palm oil has become one of the fastest growing monocrops in the tropics and is grown in over 40 countries

It is estiamted that only 10% of gorilla habitat will remain in the Congo Basin by 2032