CARPE Stories

Photo by Molly Bergen/WCS, WWF, WRI

On the map: Charting a path for sustainable development in the Republic of Congo

The agricultural plantation had been abandoned for decades. Deserted shortly after the Republic of Congo (known as the ROC or Congo Brazzaville) declared independence from France, its empty warehouse, rusted equipment and encroaching vegetation embodied the stagnation of the country’s agriculture sector. Then in 2011, a new company arrived.

Against the current: Protecting Salonga, the Congo’s green heart

As far as boardwalks go, this one looks unremarkable. Its narrow, slippery planks cut a path through the dense rainforest of central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), mere inches above boot-swallowing mud and coffee-colored pools of unknown depth. But given the journey these planks have taken, the fact that this boardwalk exists at all is a triumph.

Paper to pixels: How technology is helping unlock the secrets of Congo’s forests

In the middle of one of the largest forests on Earth, miles from the nearest town, a tree crashes to the ground. Another soon follows it, then another, and another. Before long, an area the size of 600 American football fields is transformed into a gaping hole in the trees in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — a hole big enough to catch the eye of a researcher hundreds of miles away in the country’s capital.


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