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Rainforests in the central and northern regions of the Congo Democratic Republic, (formerly Zaire), occupy more than half of the country?s total area of nearly one million square miles. These rainforests represent 82 percent of the country?s original forest cover. About 47 percent of Africa?s dense tropical forests and 6 percent of the planet?s forests are in the Congo Democratic Republic (CDR). As a result of the long distances between CDR?s forests and commercial harbors, as well as a political crisis and armed conflicts in the region during the 1990s, most of the country?s forests remain relatively untouched. [more]

Congo Democratic Republic Links:

  • African Rainforest and River Conservation - Organization seeks to promote conservation of the Central African pristine rainforests.
  • Bonobo Conservation Initiative - Protects the bonobo and its rainforest habitat through empowerment of COngolese NGOs and indigenous people.
  • Central African Regional Program for the Environment - CARPE is a new initiative by USAID to address the issue of deforestation in the Congo Basin forest zone.
  • Charcoal Production in Democratic Republic of Congo - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Congo Trek: A journey through the heart of Central Africa - Wildlife Conservation Society biologist Mike Fay journeys through the remaining pristine rainforests of Gabon and Congo to document wildlife, logging, and poaching. A National Geographic production.
  • Landsat NASA Pathfinder Humid Tropical Deforestation Project - Maps tropical deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Logging in Congo  Editor's Pick  - Maps of logging concessions and background on logging in Congo.
  • Lukuru Wildlife Research Project - Scientific research on fauna and flora within the region corresponding to the administrative Zone Dekese, Province Kasai Occidental.
  • Nouabal?-Ndoki National Park - Congolese national park which engages in wildlife conservation and research.
  • The Megatransect - NPR/National Geographic Society's Radio Expedition to Gabon and the Congo, accompanying Wildlife Conservation Society biologist Michael Fay through one of the most pristine rainforests in the world.
  • World Rainforest Movement: Democratic Republic of Congo - Index of articles on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire's) rainforests from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.

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