Forest Elephants walking in the grasses
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Urgent Project

Protect Forest Elephants and Lowland Gorillas of Africa’s Biodiversity Hotspot

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Project Overview

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is covered with dense tropical rainforest home to Critically Endangered species like Grauer’s Gorillas, Chimpanzees and newly recognized African Forest Elephants.

  • Species at Risk

    6 species

  • Carbon density

    195,501,691 mT*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Strong Roots

  • Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $1,073,036
Funding Raised: $348,895

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Democratic Republic of Congo
Acres

769,543

Project Overview

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is covered with dense tropical rainforest home to Critically Endangered species like Grauer’s Gorillas, Chimpanzees and newly recognized African Forest Elephants.

  • Species at Risk

    6 species

  • Carbon density

    195,501,691 mT*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Strong Roots

  • Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £777,562
Funding Raised: £252,822

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Democratic Republic of Congo
Acres

769,543

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is rich in rare species and stored carbon

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is covered with dense tropical rainforest home to Critically Endangered species like Grauer’s Gorillas, Chimpanzees and newly recognized African Forest Elephants.

Rainforest Trust and our local partner, Strong Roots, urgently need your help to stop deforestation and protect 769,543 acres of healthy rainforest. The proposed site will encompass a beautiful mosaic of forest types–including high altitude, dense tropical rainforests and old-growth forests.

This “carbon vault” is a top priority for the Rainforest Climate Action Fund because it will store vast amounts of carbon in their wood and roots, locking up much of that carbon in perpetuity. Once protected, a total of 195,501,690 metric tons of CO2 equivalents–commensurate to the annual energy emissions of every home in California and Texas combined–will be stored safely in the Earth.

Did you know?

76%

of proposed community forest is old-growth forest.

Explore Democratic Republic of Congo

Grauer’s Gorillas sitting in the forest
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Grauer’s Gorillas (CR)

Forest Elephants
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African Forest Elephants (CR), photo by Caroline-Granycome

Chimpanzee in a tree
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Chimpanzee (EN)

The Threat

Stop fragmentation and illegal activities

Years of civil unrest and violence in the region have inflicted untold destruction on the natural range of countless species. A thriving illegal economy of mining and poaching is fragmenting habitat and decimating species populations.

Despite being one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, DRC is one of the least developed; nearly 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. Displacement as a result of poverty or violence has resulted in an unsustainable dependence upon natural resources for survival.

What We're Doing

Join our commitment to the region

Conservation in Eastern DRC has been a top priority for Rainforest Trust. For nearly a decade we have worked in this landscape to safeguard critical habitat for highly threatened species like the Grauer’s Gorilla and African Forest Elephant. Our long-term commitment to these vulnerable forests has resulted in protecting over five million acres, and this project is another important step to bolster conservation in the region.

Our work will also protect several threatened bird species, including Hooded Vultures (CR), Grey Parrots (EN), Congo Bay-owls (EN), Steppe Eagles (EN) and Shelley’s Crimsonwing (EN) – one of the rarest finches in the world.

Make a difference for local communities

The long-term success of this project is underpinned by community engagement. Through the designation of community forest concessions, Strong Roots will work with the local people to create conservation plans, formulate successful sustainable livelihoods and promote local natural resource governance. This will provide local communities and indigenous peoples with sustainable forest management skills.

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