Past, Present and Future of the Peatlands of the Central Congo Basin

Credit: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace 

About the Project

In 2017 our research team revealed that the world's largest tropical peatland is located in the geographical heart of Africa. Over 10,000 years peat has been building up. Today the central Congo peatlands store 30 billion tonnes of carbon, requiring careful protection.

CongoPeat brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading experts to study this newly discovered yet threatened ecosystem.

Credit: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

The future of the climate relies statistically on the Peatlands!
Peatlands are among the smallest ecosystems (about 4.7% among 4 main ecosystems), yet they store more than 345 of the carbone worldwilde ! @CongoPeat @CassieDummett @TheWCS @unepwcmc

Congo Republic and DRC are among eight countries with an urgent need of funding support, as they potentially account for 97% of the carbon mitigation from tropical peatland (Barbier, 2022 – doi: 10.1007/s10640-022-00658-1) @CassieDummett @CongoPeat

Welcome to the jungle ….
Scientists now believe the peat bogs in the #Congo cover an area the size of England.
#Wilderness #SimonReeve #iPlayer

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