The forests of the Salonga and Congo Basin are essential in the fight against climate change

December 5, 2022
The forests of the Salonga and Congo Basin are essential in the fight against climate change

The 2022 edition of the Living Planet Report, WWF’s flagship biennial publication, released on October 13, found alarming levels of wildlife loss and global biodiversity degradation.

Although conversations surrounding climate change attract more media attention, it should be noted that wildlife loss and the climate change crises are both strongly linked.

If humanity fails to mitigate the effects of climate change, it will become the leading cause of biodiversity loss in the coming decades.

The forests of the Congo Basin play a role in regulating global climate and have enormous potential to mitigate the effects of climate change. Of these, the Salonga Park which covers 3,600,000 hectares of land is one of the few remaining intact tropical forests in the world and therefore deserves special attention.

The crucial role the forests of Central Africa play was emphasized at the  Congo Basin launch of  Living Planet Report organized by WWF in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on November 3.

Efforts to preserve the forests of the Congo Basin and Salonga, for the benefit of nature and the planet as a whole, taking into account the well-being of the populations, must therefore continue unabated in view of the current climate emergency. We are all called upon and every action counts!


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