Your Impact
in Lubutu

Last year, you did something extraordinary. You helped local people in DR Congo protect their rainforest.

Without your support, the loggers and mining companies that were at their doorstep would have cleared their land. But thanks to you, their forest is safe.

That’s not the best bit. By investing in Cool Earth’s award-winning model, your donation is changing lives as well as keeping trees standing.

Here is a snapshot of what your donation last Spring is helping Lubutu to achieve.

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You’ve helped turn cooking stoves into trees

You’ve helped fund a unique initiative that will save the forest and improve lives for women and children at the same time: a community-wide programme of installing energy efficient stoves throughout the villages. This will dramatically reduce the amount of fuelwood collected, which has a big impact on the forest. It will also make a big difference to the health of women and children, as the smoke from traditional stoves causes serious respiratory illnesses.

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Your Impact </br> in Lubutu
"Many conservation projects make much effort but have little impact, but Cool Earth community conservation is really working"
Caleb Kabana, Lubutu Partnership, Democratic Republic of Congo

You helped to train a biodiversity team to monitor the forest

A healthy forest is a biodiverse one. There’s even strong evidence to show that forest areas inhabited by large animals store more carbon. And the presence of rare fauna and flora is a great incentive for communities wanting to preserve their forest.

So the Lubutu biodiversity team were understandably over the moon when they found seven families of Grauer’s gorillas living in the forest areas protected with your support. The Grauer’s gorilla is the world’s largest great ape and it is in rapid decline. According to a recent report, numbers have dropped from 17,000 in 1995 to only 3,800 today.

Finding evidence of this rare species isn’t just great for Lubutu, it’s great for science. The images, video, and data that have been gathered can be used to further knowledge about this amazing ape.

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And you've kept rainforest safe

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Against all the odds, this threatened area of forest is now safe and sound.

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