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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 
A UNHCR team has been deployed to respond to the needs of 2,485 refugees and asylum seekers sheltered in a field behind the MONUSCO Base following the killing of 39 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers in Kamanyola (South Kivu). The temporary ... See more..
Eyewitness News 
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – The bodies of 26 people believed killed after an ambush last week in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been discovered, most of them with their hands tied and their necks broken, a local chief said on ... See more..
Daily Mail 
Jihadists claiming to be 'Islamic State in Central Africa' have called for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the extremist group's self-styled 'capital', Raqqa, was reclaimed by US-backed Syrian forces. A video ... See more..
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Reliefweb 
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is impacted by sporadic security-related incidents as reported in various territories and provinces around the country. From June to September 2017, there were more than 250 security incidents in 170 locations, ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Some areas in Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo that since June have been experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are expected to deteriorate further and in the absence of emergency assistance, households will start experiencing ... See more..
Medical Xpress 
Hepatitis C virus is a curable infectious disease, but treatment remains unavailable in resource-limited settings like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC Ministry of Health asked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to ... See more..
Reliefweb 
Ongoing violence continues to drive population displacement in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with approximately 3.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and more than 600,000 Congolese refugees and asylum seekers. More than ... See more..
Daily Mail 
A woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo was publicly raped, whipped and decapitated in front of a cheering crowd after serving 'forbidden fish' to a group of anti-government rebels, who later drank her blood. Video footage of the execution in Luebo ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
It is 8:00 a.m at the Bumpeta Primary School in the territory of Idjwi, South Kivu province, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In a very basic classroom equipped only with a blackboard and some twenty wooden desks, about forty primary ... See more..
Reliefweb 
Trócaire and its Caritas partners are supporting South Sudanese refugees who have fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to escape persecution and hunger in their conflict-torn, drought hit country. Nelly Maonde, Trócaire Humanitarian ... 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