Image taken from behind two men using binoculars to look up into the trees of a dense rainforest.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

At a Glance

The Central African Regional Mission, serves Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Republic of Congo.

The Congo Basin is not only the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, it serves as a significant carbon sink for greenhouse gases and provides the primary source of food, shelter, and livelihoods for over 80 million people in the region. USAID under the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment [CARPE] works with governments and local communities to sustainably manage natural resources and preserve the Congo Basin ecosystem.

    Funding and Key Indicators

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    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $6 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $6 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    101.8 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

    Democratic Republic of the Congo Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    The Congo Basin of Central Africa hosts the second largest tropical forest in the world. The forests of the Congo Basin provide a range of environmental services to local forest-dependent communities, the surrounding region, and globally through climate regulation and carbon sequestration. Fostering the sustainable use of this vast, critical resource is imperative and requires a better understanding of existing forest resources, including changes in forest and land cover.
    To increase rural incomes and improve forest management at scale, community small scale logging and charcoal production come out on top.