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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 
Crop-destroying caterpillars, known as armyworms, have destroyed 63,000 hectares of maize in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since December, causing local maize prices to triple. The 63,000 hectares represent 80 percent of maize production ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
MBANZA-NGUNGU, Congo, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths. See more..
Reliefweb 
... newness of the pest to the region, its resistance to commonly used pest control chemicals, and the rainy season, which reduces the effectiveness of chemical operations (FEWSNET 20/02/2017). Ongoing. Primary country. Democratic Republic of the Congo ... See more..
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Reuters 
Human skulls suspected to belong to victims of a recent combat between government army and Kamuina Nsapu militia are seen on the roadside in Tshienke near Kananga, the capital of Kasai-central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 12, ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day: an opportunity to spotlight and take meaningful action to tackle the solvable water problems that millions of people around the world experience each day. Between 1990 and 2015, ... See more..
Fox News 
An American United Nationals official was kidnapped along with other members of his team by an unidentified militia group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the entire team remained missing on Tuesday. It was unclear when the group, which ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Delays in holding elections and in implementation of the comprehensive and inclusive agreement signed on 31 December 2016 was prolonging the political uncertainty plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council heard today, ... See more..
KSBY San Luis Obispo News 
(Robin van Lonkhuijsen POOL via AP). Aime Kilolo Musamba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, left, talks to his lawyer in the court room prior to hearing the verdict of the International Criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday March 22. See more..
Reliefweb 
Brussels--Persistent insecurity and fragility in the Central African sub-region can only be addressed if national and regional actors, as well as international ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
UNHCR manages and implements delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection for refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Through a collaborative approach, support is delivered jointly with FAO, IOM, MONUSCO, OCHA, UNDP, ... 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