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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The DRC has been described as “a rich country of poor people”. It covers an area of 2,345,410 km². It has a population of some 89 million people and a surface area equivalent to that of Western Europe. It is the largest country by area in sub–Saharan Africa. Four national languages are recognised, but overall, more than 200 languages are spoken within its borders, albeit with varying reaches.
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Mining and armed conflict threaten eastern DRC’s biodiversity in a complex web

12 January 2023

What happends when protected areas contain valuable strategic mineral deposits?

DRC risks losing primary forests due to cocoa boom

Can a luxury chocolate company save a Congolese forest?

15 November 2022

The widespread popularity of chocolate has led to a cocoa boom in the DRC, escalating deforestation in the country’s primary forests by impoverished locals in the war-torn region.

Patrick Saidi Hemedi (center left), coordinator of the Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA) in the DRC. Image courtesy of Rights and Resources Institute.

DRC president finally signs new Indigenous peoples law

15 November 2022

After 14 years of advocacy, the DRC president finally signs new Indigenous peoples law. On Wednesday, the president of the DRC, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, signed and promulgated the new law on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Indigenous Pygmy Peoples.

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Enough is enough

16 February 2023

Today, I am on board the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship, as we confront the fossil fuel company, Shell, for its role in causing climate devastation around the world - while paying nothing for this destruction. It is now a  trend almost everywhere in the world, fossil fuel and oil extraction are…

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World Bank Climate Report Launch Webinar: Strengthening Land Tenure of Indigenous People and Local Communities in FCPF Countries

-This Event has ended -   Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) Online via Zoom This session will be interpreted in French and Spanish. Description: Strengthening Indigenous Land Tenure: A Critical Pillar of Climate Action   A prominent outcome of this year’s UN Climate…