Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Congo-River-27MZIFC8BYN.htmlConceptually similarAerial of Congo RiverGP01G2PCompleted★★★★Aerial of Congo RiverGP08ISCompleted★★★★Congo RiverGP0CTWCompleted★★★★Lake TumbaGP0MEZCompleted★★★★Water Lily in Lake TumbaGP0DBNCompleted★★★★Lake Tumba in CongoGP013JSCompleted★★★★Lake Tumba in CongoGP0ZOFCompleted★★★★Lake Tumba in CongoGP0NF1Completed★★★★Lake Tumba in CongoGP0AQ0Completed★★★★View AllGP0PUSCongo RiverClouds are reflected in the Congo River near the village of Lokutu. The Congo River and its tributaries flow through the second largest rain forest 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-LokutuDate:9 Oct, 2006Credit:© Greenpeace / Jan-Joseph StokMaximum size:4368px X 2912pxKeywords:Beauty-Clouds-Day-Forests (campaign title)-KWCI (GPI)-Landscapes-Nature-Outdoors-Rainforests-Reflections-RiversShoot: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.