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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.
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.
Government Launches Investigation into Latest Boat Accidents

VOA News - September 6, 2010

Mbandaka - EquateurGovernment spokesman Lambert Mende said the government is investigating the causes of two separate boat accidents over the weekend that killed at least 24 people with up to 60 others missing. Mende said the government is questioning those rescued from the waters after the accident to find out how they were able to get onto a cargo boat.
Equateur Province Governor Bans Exports of Unprocessed Timber

Xinhua - July 7, 2010

Carving Up The CongoThe governor of Equateur province has banned the export of raw timber from his province without prior processing on site. Jean-Claude Baende urged logging companies to process timber logs on site prior to exporting them, which he said would provide work to the residents of the province.
Logging firms 'avoid Congo tax'

BBC News - July 30, 2008

Congo rainforestThe Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo are losing at least $12m annually in tax avoidance by logging companies, Greenpeace says. The environmental group says it has evidence showing how firms like German-owned Danzer group have set up "elaborate profit-laundering schemes".
Opportunity for the new Congolese government to fundamentally reform the natural resource sector

Global Witness - April 22, 2007

Global WitnessGlobal Witness today urged President Joseph Kabila and the new Congolese government to seize the momentum of the post-election period to implement fundamental reforms in the mining and forest sectors.
Carving Up The Congo

GREENPEACE - April 11, 2007

Carving Up The CongoThe Congo rainforest is the life support system for millions of people in the 'green heart' of Africa. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) alone, 40 million people depend on the forest. Like all large intact forests, it's also crucially important for regulating the local and global climate. As the world's second largest rainforest, the Congo rainforest is also home to some of Africa's most iconic wildlife including gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and forest elephants.
Post-Conflict DRC Moves to Reintegrate Former Soldiers, Protect Forests

World Bank - March 8, 2007

DRC - CongoWorld Bank President Paul Wolfowitz gets a first-hand look today at one of the biggest challenges to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as it emerges from decades of strife.



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