Conservation of 200 million hectares
Ten African countries Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Principe will participate in United Nations supported initiative to strengthen cooperation and monitoring system among the nations in forests of Africa’s Congo Basin. This initiative will help to protect forests from land use change and unsustainable logging and mining. Even more, this €6 million initiative will help countries to manage and prevent forest degradation activities by having full information about current data.
Forests of Africa’s Congo Basin are the second world’s largest primary rainforest with 200 million hectares. The region’s forests plays significant impact on local communities, supporting the livelihoods of 60 million people.
The project will be jointly managed by the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The initiative will be funded through The Congo Basin Forests Fund, launched by the Governments of Norway and the United Kingdom through the African Development Bank.