Democratic Republic of the Congo

In 2022 alone, the DRC lost 1.22 million hectares of natural forest.

Why restore in Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Restoring forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is vital for several reasons:

1. Global Climate Regulation: The DRC's forests, particularly the Congo Basin, play a crucial role in regulating the global climate by sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide.

2. Biodiversity Conservation: The DRC's forests are one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, home to many unique and endangered species, including the bonobo and forest elephants.

3. Water Cycle Maintenance: These forests are essential in maintaining the water cycle, affecting rainfall patterns both locally and globally.

4. Livelihoods and Economic Development: Millions of people depend on the forests for their livelihoods through activities like agriculture, fishing, and collecting forest products.

5. Cultural Significance: For many indigenous and local communities, the forests have deep cultural and spiritual significance.

6. Environmental Stability: Forests help stabilize the environment, preventing soil erosion, and maintaining fertile land for agriculture.

7. Adaptation to Climate Change: Healthy forests provide resilience against climate change impacts like droughts and floods.

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How we started

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) houses the Congo Basin, a vital ecosystem with the world's second-largest rainforest, acting as a key carbon sink and biodiversity hotspot.

Despite its ecological importance, 99% of the DRC's rural population grapples with extreme poverty, driven by ongoing conflicts and rainforest depletion, with the DRC losing more forest cover than any country except Brazil since 2017.

Planta Mi Árbol is boosting forest protection, ecosystem restoration, and regenerative farming.

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Where we're working

Planta Mi Árbol initiated efforts in South Kivu, focusing on the Kakumba watershed. They’ve extended their program to encompass seven different watersheds within the South Kivu region.

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Progress to date

Here are some key statistics from our partner’s efforts: They have programs in seven watersheds, involving 39 savings groups and benefiting 104 participating families, which amounts to 882 individuals.