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Congo (Democratic Republic), Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania
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Congo (Democratic Republic), Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
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The largest environmental issues that faces the DRC today are poaching of nationally preserved wildlife, water pollution, deforestation, urbanization, air pollution, increased numbers of refugees who are responsible for soil erosion and poaching, and mineral mining.1 Recently the government accepted a draft of the oil code that may open the sector to corruption and environmental exploitation.2 The document does not lay out any legal framework for protecting the environment, while also expanding the oil sector of the economy.3 The government has not demonstrated a willingness to be transparent when managing natural resources, causing NGOS to be wary of this billâ's implementation.4 The general public in the DRC are aware of the negative effects of climate change and the issues that are affecting the environment.5 The ...See More public does note that it is very difficult to change their habits since job options such as tree-felling are their only options, since unemployment is currently so high.6 Show Less

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1 http://www.unep.org/DRCongo/
2-4 Ibid
5http://r4d.dfid.gov.uk/PDF/Outputs/MediaBroad/02-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo-Talks-Climate.pdf
6 Ibid
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Congo (Democratic Republic) News

Reliefweb 
Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe in March. Damage from existing outbreaks was also sustained in Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. While further outbreaks are expected only in northern Tanzania in the coming months, all countries are advised to ... See more..
The Guardian 
Elephant poachers have killed two wildlife rangers in a shootout in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reports African Parks, a not-for-profit conservation group that manages 10 protected areas across Africa in ... See more..
Reliefweb 
The CENCO-led negotiations failed to result in a compromise on key issues on the implementation of the 31 December Agreement, including on the designation of the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the failed negotiations resulted in protests in Kinshasa and in ... See more..
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CNN 
The body of their Congolese interpreter, Betu Tshintela, was also discovered with them. A Congo government official told CNN that Catalan's body was found decapitated, but Sharp and Tshintela were not beheaded. Their cause of death is not determined, ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
And two countries on the continent, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, accounted for more than 35% of global malaria deaths. There has been some improvement. Between 2010 and 2015 there was a 21% reduction of malaria cases reported on ... See more..
NPR 
Tensions have been building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since December, when the president's term ended but elections weren't held. He's still in office and many are angry about that. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: To the Democratic Republic of ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between prominent political actors have done little to stem the tide of violence. The situation has become so dire ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Kinshasa, 25 April 2017: The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today appealed for USD 64.5 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the Kasai region, the latest “humanitarian ... See more..
africanews 
U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said her colleagues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have seen the video, stating they are utterly horrified at what appears to be the killing of Michael Sharp and Zeida Catalan. See more..
Reliefweb 
In addition, 9,000 Congolese fled the region to seek refuge in Angola (Lunda Norte province). 42 organizations are currently active in the region. As the crisis represents a new theater of operation, organizations have been forced to review their programs. See more..
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Geography

Central Africa, northeast of Angola
Area

Total 2,344,858 sq km
Land 2,267,048 sq km
Water 77,810 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)
Natural Resources

cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydropower, timber ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts in south; Congo River floods (seasonal); active volcanoes in the east along the Great Rift Valley

volcanism: Nyiragongo (elev. 3,470 m), which erupted in 2002 and is experiencing ongoing activity, poses a major threat to the city of Goma, home to a quarter million people; the volcano produces unusually fast-moving lava, known to travel up to 100 km /hr; Nyiragongo has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; its neighbor, Nyamuragira, which erupted in 2010, is Africa's most active volcano; Visoke is the only other historically active volcano Nyiragongo (elev. 3,470 m), which erupted in 2002 and is experiencing ongoing activity, poses a major threat to the city of Goma, home to a quarter million people; the volcano produces unusually fast-moving lava, known to travel up to 100 km /hr; Nyiragongo has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; its neighbor, Nyamuragira, which erupted in 2010, is Africa's most active volcano; Visoke is the only other historically active volcano
Current Environmental Issues

poaching threatens wildlife populations; water pollution; deforestation; refugees responsible for significant deforestation, soil erosion, and wildlife poaching; mining of minerals (coltan - a mineral used in creating capacitors, diamonds, and gold) causing environmental damage

Demographics

Nationality
Congolese or Congo
Population
75,507,308 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a nation endowed with vast natural resource wealth - is slowly recovering after decades of decline. Systemic corruption since independence in 1960, combined with country-wide instability and conflict that began in the mid-90s has dramatically reduced national output and government revenue and increased external debt. With the installation of a transitional government in 2003 after peace accords, economic conditions slowly began to improve as the transitional government reopened relations with international financial institutions and international donors, and President KABILA began implementing reforms. Progress has been slow to reach the interior ...See More of the country although clear changes are evident in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. An uncertain legal framework, corruption, and a lack of transparency in government policy are long-term problems for the mining sector and for the economy as a whole. Much economic activity still occurs in the informal sector and is not reflected in GDP data. Renewed activity in the mining sector, the source of most export income, has boosted Kinshasa's fiscal position and GDP growth in recent years. The global recession cut economic growth in 2009 to less than half its 2008 level, but growth returned to around 7% per year in 2010-12. The DRC signed a Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility with the IMF in 2009 and received $12 billion in multilateral and bilateral debt relief in 2010, but the IMF at the end of 2012 suspended the last three payments under the loan facility - worth $240 million - because of concerns about the lack of transparency in mining contracts. In 2012, the DRC updated its business laws by adhering to OHADA, the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa. The country marked its tenth consecutive year of positive economic expansion in 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$28.03 billion (2012 est.); $26.17 billion (2011 est.); $24.48 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, cotton, cocoa, quinine, cassava (manioc), bananas, plantains, peanuts, root crops, corn, fruits; wood products
Industries

mining (copper, cobalt, gold, diamonds, coltan, zinc, tin, tungsten), mineral processing, consumer products (textiles, plastics, footwear, cigarettes), metal products, processed foods and beverages, timber, cement, commercial ship repair