The Congo Basin forests are a lifeline for more than 60 million people – providing food and income for many remote communities, storing huge amounts of carbon, supporting unique ecosystems and regulating the flow of the major rivers across Central Africa. Yet the Congo’s forests are being cleared at an alarming rate amid global demand for minerals, energy and wood resources from Africa.

Learn more about the issues facing the Congo Basin forests here.

Video: The Congo Basin: Researching the State of the Forest

Postcards from the field
Postcard from the Field: Porcupine and Proposals
Postcard from the Field: On the Congo River
Postcard from the Field: Lukolela Lullaby

CIFOR's Flickr set of Congo Basin

Featured publications about the Congo Basin
  • The Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest 2010

    The Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest 2010
  • Cameroon's hidden harvest: Commercial chainsaw logging, corruption and livelihoods

    Cameroon’s hidden harvest: Commercial chainsaw logging, corruption and livelihoods
  • Empty forests, empty stomachs? Bushmeat and livelihoods in the Congo and Amazon basins

    Empty forests, empty stomachs? Bushmeat and livelihoods in the Congo and Amazon basins
  • Small scale, high value: Gnetum Africanum and buchholzianum value chains in Cameroon

    Small scale, high value: Gnetum Africanum and buchholzianum value chains in Cameroon
  • Building regional priorities in forests for development and adaptation to climate change in the Congo Basin

    Building regional priorities in forests for development and adaptation to climate change in the Congo Basin