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Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Reconciling Economic Growth and Forest Protection

Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Reconciling Economic Growth and Forest Protection
  • World Bank. February 2013
  • This study analyzes the current and future pressures exerted by different sectors of the economy on Congo Basin forests, and highlights policy options to limit deforestation while pursuing inclusive, green growth. Emerging environmental finance mechanisms, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) under the climate change negotiations, may provide additional resources to help countries protect their forests. The structure of this report is as follows: - Chapter 1 gives an overview of the forests of the Congo Basin, including an analysis of the historical trends of deforestation and forest degradation; - Chapter 2 presents the dynamics of deforestation and summarizes the results of a sector-by-sector analysis of significant drivers of deforestation in the Basin, including agriculture, logging, energy, transportation, and mining; - Chapter 3 provides an update on the state of negotiations under the UNFCCC on REDD+ and implications for Congo Basin countries covering, in particular, some of the key opportunities as well as the challenges for "high forest cover, low deforestation" countries. The chapter builds on the analysis of the previous chapters and recommends priority activities for Basin countries in order to address the current and future drivers of deforestation.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Congo/Zaire River Basin
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Livelihoods, Mining, Sustainable development
  • Main target audience: National administrations, Policy makers, Political leaders, Stakeholders
  • Main purpose: Assessment
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Recommendations
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Published in 2015