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Planting for a green horizon in Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) house the second biggest equatorial forest after the Amazon. Unfortunately, as for the Amazon, the forest is increasingly menaced by human pressure. However DRC deforestation is driven by a different dynamic, while in Amzon lands are over used and new lands are needed for new farms, in DRC there are plenty of unused and degraded land that are not exploited. Rural population use the forest to generate resources from illegal logging, poaching and mostly charcoal. Because of the different wars, population displacement and lack of initial investment and training, the abundant cultivable soil boarding forests are not used. They rational use would generate resources that would shift interest of villagers from forest to more sustainable use of currently available lands. The goal of this project is two fold: 1) Plant trees on degraded soil due to illegal logging. But not any trees, trees that generate revenue for people cocoa, coffee and bamboo; 2) Teach population to produce certified cocoa, coffee that would generate revenue for them and their families, and produce sustainable charcoal from bamboo that would provide them green energy sources.

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