The Need for Sustainable Alternatives to Charcoal in the DRC

For millions in Africa and the Congo Basin, charcoal provides a readily accessible and inexpensive energy source for cooking and household heating. Population growth drives demand for the valuable “black gold” at an alarming rate, yet also fuels deforestation and biodiversity loss. Almost 80% of households in Africa depend on charcoal; in the Democratic Republic… Continue reading The Need for Sustainable Alternatives to Charcoal in the DRC

Protecting the Peatlands: Congo’s Carbon Time Bomb

In 2017, a group of researchers discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland hidden in the heart of the Congo Basin (1). This area, named the Cuvette Centrale, hosts the greatest storage of carbon in Africa, with an estimated 30 billion tons of CO2 resting beneath the surface (1). Covering both the Democratic Republic of Congo… Continue reading Protecting the Peatlands: Congo’s Carbon Time Bomb