The Congo Basin, second in size only to the Amazon, is one of the most important landscapes for biodiversity in the world.
Aside from the mining of conflict minerals, one of the biggest drivers of deforestation is through a subsistence economy based on the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources such as wood for fuel and construction materials, and bushmeat for protein.
But for Cool Earth’s partners in Lubutu, a subsistence economy is the only means of survival.
Thanks to your support, we’ve been working to deliver solutions to benefit the local communities in this area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following the success of the stove project, which has been enthusiastically received and implemented by community members, the plan is to scale up to develop and deliver a new sustainable livelihood initiative.
Environmental sustainability will provide income and the provision of agriculture schools, which will improve local practices – increasing crop yields and, keeping trees standing.