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Desertification, water pollution, habitat destruction, and poaching are all obstacles to the environmental stability of the Central African Republic.1 Floods and droughts continue to strain the economy, which is largely reliant on agriculture. Additionally, soil erosion has decreased the amount of viable farmland.2 In 2009, the government created the Ministry of the Environment and Ecology, which was charged with improving the management of the environment.3 However, the ministry has been largely ineffective due to a lack of public awareness and a shortage of sustainable resources. Additionally, the Ministry faces a severe shortage of manpower, with only 57 employees serving a country of 5 million people.4 Due to limited government funds and staff, most environmental disaster relief and management has fallen to outside organizations.5

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Central-African-Republic-ENVIRONMENT.html
2 Ibid
3http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTRANETENVIRONMENT/Resources/CARCEA.pdf
4 Ibid
5 http://www.ifrc.org/docs/Appeals/13/MDRCF017.pdf
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Central African Republic News

Newsweek 
For four years, the Central African Republic (CAR) has been in conflict. Fighting erupted in 2013 after Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, replaced former leader Francois ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
The scale and complexity of the crisis in the Central African Republic is unprecedented. While the peak of extreme violence has decreased, local conflicts arising from inter-communal tensions, clashes between armed groups and arbitrary attacks on ... See more..
The Japan Times 
BANGUI – The Central African Republic held unprecedented talks with armed groups this past week seeking to speed up disarmament in a country struggling to turn the page on years of bloodshed, officials said Saturday. For the first time since the ... See more..
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Voice of America 
As stability slowly returns to the Central African Republic, some of the hundreds of thousands of people who fled the conflict and communal violence in 2013 and 2014 are coming home. Five young returnees have brought with them a new skill: capoeira. See more..
ReliefWeb 
BANGUI, April 13, 2017 – The World Bank's Board of Directors approved a $30 million grant to the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) to support the social and economic reintegration of 5,000 ex-combatants as the country recovers from years ... See more..
Crux: Covering all things Catholic 
Two Catholic missions in Central African Republic about 270 miles from the capital, Bangui, were targeted by former militants. According to the vice president of the Central African Republic bishops' conference the violence was not motivated by ... See more..
Reuters 
ABIDJAN The United States imposed financial sanctions on Wednesday against two militia leaders accused of collaborating on violence intended to destabilize the Central African Republic, which is struggling to end years of division and bloodshed. See more..
Doctors Without Borders 
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/NEW YORK, APRIL 12, 2017—As conflict spreads and intensifies in the Central African Republic (CAR), civilians are being attacked at levels not seen in years, especially in the east-central area of the country, the ... See more..
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International 
Katie Treble, 31, is a doctor from the UK. She was working in the MSF hospital in Bria, Central African Republic, during the weekend of 24 to 26 March when heavy fighting occurred and MSF received 24 wounded people in three days. "The hospital's small ... See more..
New Vision 
The UPDF as a Pan-Africanist force remains ready to support the capacity building of the Armed Forces of Central Africa (FACA) for counter LRA operations and may also join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the ... See more..
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Geography

Central Africa, north of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area

Total 622,984 sq km
Land 622,984 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, dry winters; mild to hot, wet summers
Natural Resources

diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

hot, dry, dusty harmattan winds affect northern areas; floods are common
Current Environmental Issues

tap water is not potable; poaching has diminished the country's reputation as one of the last great wildlife refuges; desertification; deforestation

Demographics

Nationality
Central African
Population
5,166,510 (July 2013 est.)
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Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry and mining, remains the backbone of the economy of the Central African Republic (CAR), with about 60% of the population living in outlying areas. The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP. Timber and diamonds account for most export earnings, followed by cotton. Important constraints to economic development include the CAR's landlocked position, a poor transportation system, a largely unskilled work force, and a legacy of misdirected macroeconomic policies. Factional fighting between the government and its opponents remains a drag on economic revitalization. Since 2009 the IMF has worked closely with the government to ...See More institute reforms that have resulted in some improvement in budget transparency, but other problems remain. The government's additional spending in the run-up to the election in 2011 worsened CAR's fiscal situation. Distribution of income is extraordinarily unequal. Grants from France and the international community can only partially meet humanitarian needs. In 2012 the World Bank approved $125 million in funding for transport infrastructure and regional trade, focused on the route between CAR's capital and the port of Douala in Cameroon. After a two year lag in donor support, the IMF's first review of CAR's extended credit facility for 2012-15 praised improvements in revenue collection but warned of weak management of spending. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$3.955 billion (2012 est.); $3.799 billion (2011 est.); $3.677 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

4.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 3.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, coffee, tobacco, manioc (tapioca), yams, millet, corn, bananas; timber
Industries

gold and diamond mining, logging, brewing, sugar refining