A colossal 40 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo depend on the Congo Basin Forest for their livelihoods. At 500 million acres, the forest is the world’s second-largest tropical forest and teeming with life.
But as government thought turns to lifting the ban on new logging permits, the expansion of industrial logging poses a great threat to the lives and wellbeing of local residents.
We at TRUEAfrica heard from Greenpeace volunteer Ngumfor Abinwi Ngwa about the work that’s being done to protect the Congo Basin. This is the story he shared with us:
A year ago, I saw a fully loaded truck of timber while I was travelling to Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. These trucks are common in Douala and I should be used to seeing them, but as I watched this truck drive by I couldn’t stop thinking about the story of these trees and where they came from.
[Above: industrial logging activity in the port of Matadi; below: scientific research on tropical peatland in the Democratic Republic of Congo]
Their story began in the Congo Basin forest. Often referred to as the lungs of Africa, it’s the second largest rainforest in the world and where scientists recently discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland – an ecosystem that helps keep our world cool.
Instead of lamenting in despair, I was inspired to do more, to get involved and to do something to save the forest.
This means we should be doing everything we can to keep the Congo Basin forest intact and yet everyday truck after truck was carrying trees out of the forest.
This made me realise I needed to do something. So instead of lamenting in despair, I was inspired to do more, to get involved and to do something to save the forest.
[Above: scientists at work on tropical peatland in the Democratic Republic of Congo]