Democratic Republic of the Congo Climate Vulnerability Profile
This vulnerability profile provides an overview of USAID program vulnerabilities for Democratic Republic of the Congo. Climate changes are expected to augment existing vulnerabilities. In addition, future population growth, which may be rapid, could also put greater demand on water and other natural resources. The DRC is vulnerable in several ways to projected changes in climate. First, a vast majority of Congolese livelihoods are dependent on sectors which are highly interlinked with climate processes, such as small-scale agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and mining. For example, changes in temperatures and rainfall may affect crop production and alter biodiversity and ecosystem resources.
Furthermore, and depending on how interactions between rainfall, temperature, and disease pathways develop, more regions of the country may become susceptible to vector- and water-borne diseases. Finally, the low-lying, coastal areas of the DRC, which are often inundated by high tides, are already susceptible to erosion. Sea level rise may cause more frequent erosion, saltwater intrusion, mangrove ecosystem damage and destruction, and infrastructure and land losses. USAID is supporting a variety of biodiversity and natural resource management actions within the DRC that indirectly support adaptation efforts through better monitoring, data collection, and information dissemination activities.Find other country and regional climate risk management resources here.