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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

Voice of America 
An unidentified armed group in Central African Republic shot and killed a Red Cross worker in a town where more than 100 people have died in militia attacks in recent weeks, the Red Cross said on Monday. Joachim Ali, a Red Cross volunteer in the ... See more..
The Philadelphia Tribune 
Foreign Minister of the Central African Republic Charles Armel Doubane, right, and Armel Mingatoloum Sayo head of the Revolution and Justice militia shake hands after signing the Political Agreement for Peace in the Central African Republic at the ... See more..
Kaiser Family Foundation 
“As displaced people return to their homes in the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, they will need medical services but renewed violence threatens an already wounded health care system, the World Health Organization's Africa director said. See more..
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Quartz 
Finding the black market pushing blood diamonds is as simple as logging on to Facebook. Since the chaos of a 2013 coup in the Central African Republic, ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
File--In this April 14, 2014 photo, Hamamatou Harouna, 10, crawls to the restroom on the grounds of the Catholic Church where she and hundreds of others found refuge in Carnot, Central African Republic. Human Rights Watch says people with disabilities ... See more..
ABC News 
Abdoulaye Miskine's Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDCP) representative Jean-Rock Sobi, right, and the Union for Central African Renewal party (URCA) President Anicet Dologuele shake hands after signing the Political Agreement for ... See more..
Bloomberg 
UN peacekeepers from Gabon patrol in the Central African Republic town of Bria on June 12, 2017. After a renewed flare of violence in the region of Bria, the UN called the Central Africans to find a political solution and international donors to 'keep ... See more..
Washington Post 
Inna Lazareva is a journalist and analyst covering Central Africa. For a time, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, who came to be known as the “Butcher of Bangui,” was the very embodiment of the extravagant African tyrant. In 1977, his country mired in poverty, the ... See more..
Voice of America 
As many as 100 people may have been killed on Tuesday in the diamond-mining town of Bria, one day after militias signed a peace deal. See more..
Reuters 
The country has some 630 troops on the ground in Central African Republic, according to the latest U.N. figures. A U.N. database of sexual abuse and exploitation accusations showed three reported incidents involving Congo Republic troops in Central ... 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