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Imminent threat to Congo Basin rainforest

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The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is about to lift the moratorium on new logging concessions. If successful, millions of hectares of forest would be available for industrial logging. The international community must mobilize to prevent this environmental disaster.

The second largest area of ​​rainforest on the planet is found in the Congo Basin, in Central Africa. It is home to millions of people and a great diversity of species such as chimpanzees, bonobos and jungle elephants. These rainforests store several gigatonnes of carbon and help preserve the global climate.

International agencies have contributed hundreds of millions of euros of public funds to the DRC to protect these forests and their fauna. At least another €1 billion in financial assistance is planned, for example, through the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) fund, with the aim of helping to prevent greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.

With a moratorium on new logging concessions, it has kept deforestation levels relatively under control since it took effect in 2002.

Unfortunately, the Congolese government now wants to lift this moratorium and open up forest areas to the logging industry with new concessions. This would lead to unstoppable deforestation. To pave the way for the industrial exploitation of millions of hectares of virgin forests would be a terrible disaster for the climate, biodiversity, the rule of law and the human rights of the communities that live in these forests.

If the international community helps pay for the protection of DRC’s forests, the DRC government must, in turn, commit to keeping these forests inaccessible for logging. The threatened area of ​​tropical forest is the size of the whole of France and its destruction could also increase the risk of new outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19.

Therefore, we ask that you sign the petition today to maintain the moratorium on the granting of new logging concessions in the DRC. That way you help increase the pressure.



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