The Congo Basin is important for global climate regulation and natural resources, according to a new report.
The EU funded study looks at sustainable forest management and highlights biodiversity threats across the six countries that form the Congo Basin. It explains the importance of Central African countries and their effects in future climate conventions. They contain 25% of the total carbon stored in tropical rainforests worldwide.
The study also explains further efforts are needed to protect the habitat of many animal species as the lack of long-term management strategies pose a severe threat to the population of big mammals.
Dominique Ristori, Director General of Europe’s Joint Research Centre said: “This report provides exactly the information needed to make sensible policy decisions on trade-offs between the different uses of these forest resources ranging from carbon sink, areas for biodiversity to economic exploitation.”