Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Woman-Carrying-Wood-in-Congo-27MZIFB1729.htmlConceptually similarWoman Gathering VegetablesGP0NW6Completed★★★★Congolese Woman BathingGP015ZFCompleted★★★★Woman and Baby in ByangalaGP0FDOCompleted★★★★Woman Cleaning VegetablesGP0XQLCompleted★★★★Woman in ByangalaGP01F3ICompleted★★★★Woman Cleaning VegetablesGP01E30Completed★★★★Woman Cleaning VegetablesGP0131RCompleted★★★★Children at School in CongoGP01BLICompleted★★★★Cultivating the Ground in CongoGP0A5HCompleted★★★★View AllGP07YSWoman Carrying Wood in CongoWoman carrying wood she gathered near her village. Wood is essential for her family's everyday life, as it is used to cook the food, and heat their home. People in the village survive almost entirely on the products they find and grow. The World Bank and other donors view logging as a way to alleviate poverty and promote economic development. 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-Byangala-Central Africa-Democratic Republic of the CongoDate:19 Oct, 2006Credit:© Greenpeace / Jan-Joseph StokMaximum size:2912px X 4368pxKeywords:Day-Elderly-Eye contact-Forests (campaign title)-Indigenous People-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Native Africans-One person-Outdoors-Portraits-WomenShoot: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.