Forest resources: Congo tropical forest

Forest resources: Congo tropical forest
2014. Congo jungle (Democratic Republic of Congo). © Image, commons.wikimedia.org

Forest resources: Congo tropical forest

The Congo tropical forest is home to many species of birds, mammals and plants, many of which do not exist elsewhere on Earth, including our closest relatives, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobo chimps.

It is also the home of millions of people who depend on the forest for shelter, health, food and their cultural and spiritual survival. The timber industry is a big threat for the virgin areas of forest and the people and species that live there. In central Africa forestry concessions affect around 50 million hectares of tropical jungle, and destroying the habitat and livelihood of the native peoples.

Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda or Togo are the African states most affected by the destruction of their forest mass, having lost over 50% of their tropical jungle between 1990 and 2015. During the same period, the Democratic Republic of Congo lost only 5% of jungle, preserving a forest mass of 67.3%.