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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

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International 
Kananga is a fairly typical, bustling Congolese town of around 750,000 people. The markets were full and loud music played from the small shops. This was not the same situation that my colleagues discovered in March. Back then, silence filled the town. See more..
ReliefWeb 
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Diocese of Kasai, Province of Anglican Church of Congo to support 90 families impacted by violence in the Grand Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Approximately 1.4 million people, ... See more..
Reliefweb 
Comparing the 14th cycle from June 2016 to the 15th cycle of June 2017, there is a serious deterioration in food security in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In one year (5.9 million in June 2016 and 7.7 million in June 2017), the increase in people ... See more..
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Eyewitness News 
UNITED NATIONS – A United Nations inquiry found that two UN investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from the central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence “does not preclude the possibility that ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
Michael Sharp, an American investigator for the United Nations, found murdered this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is shown in this photo taken in Goma, Congo, February 7, 2017. Courtesy of John E. Sharp/Handout via REUTERS Reuters. See more..
Reliefweb 
As of 30th July 2017, 82,322 South Sudanese refugees were registered or pre-registered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Fighting in South Sudan in proximity to the border with the Haut-Uélé and Ituri provinces was ongoing and continued to ... See more..
Press TV 
A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official says. Part of a mountain engulfed "a fisherman's camp after heavy rains caused a ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
The members of the Group of Experts established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2293 (2016) have the honour to transmit herewith, in accordance with paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2360 (2017), the final report on their work. The ... See more..
Reliefweb 
... □ Asylum seekers from Central African Republic continued to arrive in Bas-Uele and Nord Ubangi provinces. This new influx started mid-May and was triggered by violence, tensions and fear about imminent attacks in border areas, namely in the city ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, welcomes the surrender on 26 July of Ntabo Ntaberi Cheka, founder and leader of the Nduma Defence of Congo/Cheka, to the United Nations ... 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