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Why Wangari Maathai's Journey Should Serve as Inspiration for African Girls - The African Exponent (blog)

February 12, 2017 - 3:39am

The African Exponent (blog)

Why Wangari Maathai's Journey Should Serve as Inspiration for African Girls
The African Exponent (blog)
In 2005, she was appointed as a goodwill ambassador to the Congo basin forest ecosystem by the eleven heads of states. Maathai wrote four inspiring books about her life and work. There are many lessons to learn from Wangari as she was an inspiring and ...

Critically endangered monkeys caught on camera in the Congo - Earth Touch

February 11, 2017 - 1:39am

Earth Touch

Critically endangered monkeys caught on camera in the Congo
Earth Touch
... that sustain them. "The Congo Basin rainforest is the second-largest rainforest in the world," says Kate Detwiler of Florida Atlantic University, "and contains some of the least-known species on the planet, many of which are threatened from hunting ...

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DRC Cancels Illegal Logging Licenses - Voice of America

February 10, 2017 - 3:59pm

Voice of America

DRC Cancels Illegal Logging Licenses
Voice of America
The forest covers much of northern DRC, as well as parts of five other countries in the Congo Basin. Irene Wabiwa Betoko, forest campaign manager at Greenpeace Africa, told VOA that her organization discovered these two illegal awards and asked for a ...

World's largest tropical peatlands discovered in swamp forests of Congo Basin - Mongabay.com

February 9, 2017 - 6:58pm

Mongabay.com

World's largest tropical peatlands discovered in swamp forests of Congo Basin
Mongabay.com
A vast area of peatlands in the swamp forests of the Congo Basin, known as the Cuvette Centrale peatlands, has just been mapped for the first time and shown to be the largest in all of the tropics. The peatlands, which weren't even known to exist as ...

How we discovered the world's largest tropical peatland, deep in Congo - Christian Science Monitor

February 6, 2017 - 7:00am

Christian Science Monitor

How we discovered the world's largest tropical peatland, deep in Congo
Christian Science Monitor
We then used satellite data to map these two specific peat swamp forests to determine the boundaries of the Congo Basin peatlands. Combining this area with peat depth and peat carbon content from our laboratory analyses allowed us to calculate that ...

Forest protection funds flow to DRC despite 'illegal' logging permits - Mongabay.com

February 1, 2017 - 12:47pm

Mongabay.com

Forest protection funds flow to DRC despite 'illegal' logging permits
Mongabay.com
REDD+ aims to help forest countries reduce their carbon emissions and develop sustainably. DRC holds about 60 percent of the Congo Basin's forests. In October, CAFI approved the first payment of $40 million. The agreement stipulates that disbursement ...

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Logging in certified concessions drove intact forest landscape loss in Congo Basin - Mongabay.com

January 30, 2017 - 4:12pm

Mongabay.com

Logging in certified concessions drove intact forest landscape loss in Congo Basin
Mongabay.com
Certification of logging concessions, which aims to ensure sustainable forest management practices, had a “negligible” impact on slowing the fragmentation of intact forest landscapes (IFLs) in the Congo Basin, according to the study. According to Corey ...

Central Africa: In the Congo Basin the Myth of 'Selective Logging Bites the Dust' - AllAfrica.com

January 18, 2017 - 7:38am

AllAfrica.com

Central Africa: In the Congo Basin the Myth of 'Selective Logging Bites the Dust'
AllAfrica.com
There is an urgent need to find a solution to protect the remaining intact forests in the Congo Basin, while also respecting the rights of forest dependent and indigenous communities. Unless new conservation approaches are developed, these forests will ...

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Congo Holds World's Largest Tropical Peatland - Environment News Service

January 17, 2017 - 5:23pm

Environment News Service

Congo Holds World's Largest Tropical Peatland
Environment News Service
Not just important for carbon storage, the Congo Basin swamps also are refuges for endangered species, including lowland gorillas and forest elephants. Co-leaders of the study, Professor Simon Lewis and Dr. Greta Dargie from University of Leeds' School ...