Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Aerial-of-Congo-River-27MZIFLFI7T3.htmlConceptually similarAerial of Congo RiverGP08ISCompleted★★★★Congo RiverGP0CTWCompleted★★★★Swamp Area in CongoGP0YQICompleted★★★★Swamp Area in CongoGP0OV1Completed★★★★Swamps Around Lake TumbaGP0CBGCompleted★★★★Swamps Around Lake TumbaGP0FWACompleted★★★★Swamps Around Lake TumbaGP0RUXCompleted★★★★Catching Fish in Lake TumbaGP012LECompleted★★★★★★Child Drinking in CongoGP0XQRCompleted★★★★View AllGP01G2PAerial of Congo RiverAerial photo showing the Congo River and the surrounding swamp forest in area between Mbandaka and Kinshasa. The Congo River and its tributaries flow through the second largest rainforest area in the world. Expansion of logging into remaining areas of intact forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will destroy globally critical carbon reserves and impact biodiversity. Approximately 40 million people in the DRC depend on the rainforest for their basic needs, such as medicine, food or shelter.Locations:Africa-Central Africa-Congo River-Democratic Republic of the Congo-ÉquateurDate:26 Oct, 2006Credit:© Greenpeace / Philip ReynaersMaximum size:3500px X 2333pxKeywords:Aerial view-Clouds-Day-Forests (campaign title)-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Rainforests-Rivers-Tropical rainforestsShoot:Democratic Republic Congo Forests Documentation 2006The second largest rainforest in the world sits in the Congo basin of Africa. About half of this forest, still largely intact, lies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and supports more species of birds and mammals than any other African region. The rainforests are also critical for its human inhabitants, who depend upon the rainforests to provide essential food, medicine, and other non-timber products, along with energy and building materials. The World Bank and other donors view logging as a way to alleviate poverty and promote economic development. In reality, expansion of logging into remaining areas of intact forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will destroy globally critical carbon reserves and impact biodiversity. Beyond environmental impacts, logging in the region exacerbates poverty and leads to social conflicts.