In partnership with Go Conscious Earth, Cool Earth supports local people in Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to ensure that their rainforest is sustainably protected, used and managed by Indigenous peoples and local communities.
DRC is home to more than half of the Congo Basin rainforest, and an estimated 40 million people depend on the country’s forests for at least part of their livelihood.
Threats to the forest
Forests in the area are threatened by large-scale logging, poorly run conservation initiatives, and a growing global demand for natural resources.
The key drivers of forest loss include:
- Weak recognition of customary land rights
- Top-down land use planning by governments and policed NGOs
- Unsustainable management of forest resources
- Increasing demand for energy
- Exclusion of women and Indigenous peoples from decision making
This is where Go Conscious Earth comes in.