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PAPER: Congo’s woodfuel use needs urgent policy attention

A recent paper calls for immediate policy intervention around the Congo’s woodfuel demand.

Published in Cifor’s brief, it says, “The Congolese government needs to immediately improve management of the sector, in collaboration with stakeholders. The national Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) programme creates momentum for this.”

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NEWS: Congo’s poor need incentives to save giant forests

* Experts in Congo for talks on saving big three forests * Poor countries need incentives to save forest By Jonny Hogg GEMENA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 31 (Reuters) “Environmental experts from 35 countries were meeting in the Congo Republic, DRC’s smaller neighbour, on Tuesday for a week-long summit seeking ways to protect the world’s three largest rainforests — the Amazon in South America, the Congo in Central Africa and the Borneo-Mekong in Indonesia. The outcome of the summit could play a role in the preservation of some 80 percent of the world’s remaining tropical forest, seen by … Continue reading


Tragedy in the DRC’s Virunga National Park

It is with extreme sadness that we received today’s announcement that three park rangers and five Congolese soldiers were killed during an attack on their patrol vehicle in Congo’s Virunga National Park. (Read the blog post by Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Park Warden and member of the Board of Adviser of The Charcoal Project.) Illegal charcoal production in the park is the single greatest threat to the survival of the mountain gorilla. Virunga National Park, which has implemented a successful briquette program in communities surrounding the park, has been a partner and supporter of The Charcoal Project since day one. … Continue reading

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