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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

Hindustan Times 
At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes said. Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who ... See more..
Reliefweb 
The humanitarian aid needs in Central African Republic (CAR) continues to grow. In spite of the positive commitment made at the 2016 Conference of Donors to support the peace building efforts, the country continues to be affected by violent ... See more..
Voice of America 
Some 20 percent of schools in Central African Republic are not functioning, and students' and teachers' lives are threatened as armed groups have looted, occupied and damaged the properties in the conflict-torn country, according to a Human Rights ... See more..
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ReliefWeb 
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 16 attacks in February 2017 in which they abducted 70 civilians, 32 in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and 38 in the Central African Republic (CAR). The 70 abductions was the highest LRA ... See more..
Yale News 
Beginning in 2012, fighting between various factions in the Central African Republic (CAR) caused widespread bloodshed and displaced hundreds of thousands in the Texas-sized nation of 4.7 million people. Scholars, journalists, and politicians have ... See more..
Arab News 
DAKAR: Some 20 percent of schools in the Central African Republic are not functioning, and students' and teachers' lives are threatened as armed groups have looted, occupied and damaged the properties in the country, according to a Human Rights Watch ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Back in the bush in Bambari, a market town in Central African Republic's Ouaka Province, the fighters filled up a syringe and injected her with poison. "Sometimes, my body smells very bad," she says, peeling back her t-shirt to reveal a thick surgical ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
In Ouaka Prefecture, FPRC coalition has taken control of the most important UPC strongholds outside Bambari. The UNICEF-led RRM is responding to the displacement all around Bambari area. UNICEF Bambari and humanitarian actors in place set a ... See more..
Washington Post 
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Half of the population in Central African Republic is in need of humanitarian assistance after an upsurge in violence since September displaced another 100,000 people, the United Nations said Thursday. A total of ... See more..
Reliefweb 
The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has received reports of heavy fighting between the FPRC [Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique] and the UPC [Union pour la Paix en Centrafrique] in Nzako, some 50 km north of ... 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