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Claims that threat to Congo Basin forest is waning are misleading

Global Witness - July 22, 2013

Logging in DR CongoClaims that the deforestation threat to the Congo Basin is diminishing are seriously misleading, says Global Witness. A new study published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society states that deforestation has slowed as “controlled timber management” schemes have taken effect and agricultural expansion into forests has slowed.
Deforestation Slows in Congo Basin

VOA News - July 22, 2013

Congo rainforestTree loss in the Congo Basin rainforest is slowing down, according to a new study published Monday. The Congo Basin rainforest is the world's second largest, after the Amazon, and scientists say the study is good news for the global environment.
Widespread abuse of logging permits opens up Congo's forests to more destruction

Global Witness - October 25, 2012

Logging in DR CongoIndustrial logging companies and officials are systematically abusing community logging permits in order to bypass the Democratic Republic of Congo’s freeze on new logging concessions, says a new report by Global Witness.
DR Congo, IMF to Co-Host Conference on the Management of Natural Resources

International Monetary Fund - March 13, 2012

Congo rainforestDR Congo and the IMF will co-host a high-level conference on the “Management of Natural Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa”, on March 21-22, 2012 in Kinshasa. The event will bring together policy makers, stakeholders, academics, and civil society from around the world.
African Rainforests Continue to Face Challenges

VOA News - January 6, 2012

Congo rainforestThe African continent contains about 30 percent of the world’s global rainforests, second only to the Amazon. Scientists and conservationists met at Oxford University to discuss changes the forests are expected to undergo in the 21st Century. Africa’s tropical forests face challenges from deforestation, hunting, logging and mining, as well as climate change.
UN advises prudent use of abundant resources to spur development

UN News Centre - October 10, 2011

Congo rainforestThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has the capacity to become the driving force of Africa’s economic development if its vast forests, water resources and trillions of dollars worth of mineral reserves are used prudently, according to the findings of a United Nations assessment released today.
Kabila Makes Re-Election Pitch in Speech to the Nation

ACP - September 15, 2011

Joseph KabilaSeeking a second term in office in November, President Joseph Kabila pledged to make the Democratic Republic of Congo an emerging country on Wednesday during a speech to the nation in Kingakati, east of Kinshasa, attended by members of his political family.
Upcoming UN-backed summit to focus on sustainable management of rainforests

UN News - April 13, 2011

Congo rainforestTop officials from more than 35 nations covering the world’s three major rainforest regions will gather at a United Nations-backed conference next month to discuss the common challenges faced by these vital ecosystems that support more than a billion people.
DR Congo blocks oil search in Virunga National Park

BBC News - March 18, 2011

An adult male mountain gorilla in the Virunga Mountains, part of the Albertine Rift Ecoregion;The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK's Soco International to search for oil in the Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site home to rare mountain gorillas.
2010 Human Development Report analyses long-term development trends

UNDP - November 4, 2010

UNDPDespite often severe adversities, many African countries have made often overlooked progress in recent decades. However, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe are the only countries with lower Human Development Index values today than in 1970, due to the deadly combination of conflict and AIDS driving down life expectancy.







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