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

Republic of the Congo

At a Glance

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

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.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information.

Climate Projections

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Increased Incidence/Risk of Droughts and Floods

Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas


Forests & Biodiversity


Human Health

Water Resources

Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2022)


$9.5 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$9.5 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

5.7 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

USAID ATLAS Climate Risk Profile CARPE_FR_Cover
Climate Risk Profile

Risques Climatiques dans le Programme Régional pour l'Environnement en Afrique Centrale (CARPE) et dans le Bassin du Congo

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.