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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.
UN Report: CNDP, Congolese Soldiers Involved in Illegal Mining Operations

Congo News Agency - November 30, 2010

CNDP soldiers in CongoA report by a group of experts monitoring UN sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo has implicated former CNDP soldiers, now part of the Congolese Armed Forces, in the illegal exploitation of mineral resources in eastern Congo. The report says that “units of the former Congrès national pour la défense du peuple (CNDP) in FARDC have gained military control over most of the strategic areas rich in natural resources in the Kivus, presenting a challenge to their integration into FARDC.”
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.
Clinton: US Committed to Good Governance in Congo

VOA News - August 10, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma"We know that the promise of the D.R.C. is limitless. We will help you build a strong, civilian-lead government that is accountable and transparent, an independent judiciary, a professional military that respects human rights, a free press, and an active and engaged citizenry. A society whose institutions respect the rule of law," she said.
Conservation Efforts in Congo Basin Appear Effective

VOA News - June 24, 2006

Congo Basin GorillaA new assessment of Africa's massive Congo Basin rain forest finds that it is less degraded than environmentalists feared. The findings were announced in Paris, where African and Western officials ended a two-day conference Friday on an international initiative to conserve this rare, tropical forest.



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