Republic of Congo

Protect Africa’s Biodiversity Hotspot

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Protect Forest Elephants and Lowland Gorillas of Africa’s Biodiversity Hotspot

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is covered with dense tropical rainforest.  These forests are home to a number of critically endangered species like Chimpanzees, Grauer’s Gorillas and the newly recognized African Forest Elephants.

 

The project is a “carbon vault” which stores huge amounts of carbon within the wood and roots.  It is essential that this carbon stays locked up, ensuring that it is not released into the atmosphere.  Once fully protected, a total of 195,501,690 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents (equivalent to the annual energy emission of every home in California and Texas combined)  will be secured and will be safely stored in the rainforest, where it belongs.

 

The proposed site will include a variety of forest types–including high altitude, dense tropical rainforests and old-growth forests.  Along with our local partner, Strong Roots, we urgently need your help to stop the deforestation of 769,543 acres of healthy, thriving rainforest. 

Location:

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Acres:

769,543

Species:

Hooded Vultures (CR), Grey Parrots (EN), Congo Bay-owls (EN), Steppe Eagles (EN) and Shelley’s Crimsonwing (EN)

Acres Conserved by:

Designation

Partner:

Strong Roots

Project Carbon Storage:

195,501,691 mT*

*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)

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Challenges and Solutions

Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from internal conflict for more than 50 years between 1960 and 2018. The years of unrest and violence have taken their toll on the flora and fauna of the region, and despite being one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, DRC is one of the least developed; nearly 80% of the population lives below the poverty line.  The extensive levels of poverty in the region have led to widespread practices of mining and poaching which is fragmenting habitats and decimating animal populations.  Displacement as a result of violence or poverty has resulted in an unsustainable and damaging dependence on natural resources.

As a result, one of the keys to long-term success in the region is a strong community engagement program.  Strong Roots are designating community forest concessions and working with the local people to creat conservation plans, promote sustainable livelihoods within the forests and ensure local natural resource governance. Providing these local communities and indigenous people with new skills in sustainable forest management will help to ensure that the project remains a long-term conservation success story.

Help Save rare species in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past 10 years our partners have successfully protected over 5 million acres in the region, and this project is an important addition to the lands protected so far.  The area is home to a number of highly threatened species including the Hooded Vultures (CR), Grey Parrots (EN), Congo Bay-owls (EN), Steppe Eagles (EN) and Shelley’s Crimsonwing (EN) – one of the rarest finches in the world.

 

The African Forest Elephant which lives in the region is critically endangered, and has a much slower reproductive rate than savanna elephants, so they cannot bounce back from population declines as easily making them particularly vulnerable. We hope that our work here, with your help, can ensure that the region can remain protected for millenia to come, preserving the precious animals that live there, and locking in carbon to help us win the fight against man-made climate change

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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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