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

#RDP20 enregistrer la date événement parallèle: Intégration des tourbières dans la gestion durable du Bassin du Congo. 3 juin, 13h15-14h30 salle Congo 2 @USAIDinDRC @USAID @CIFOR_ICRAF_WCA @forestservice @WRIClimate @OSFAC @TheWCS @UNEP

This is the beautiful arching palm forest of the peatlands in our second study site in northern Republic of Congo. Deep swampy conditions and Raphia that provides fruit, thatch, wine and more. ⁦@CongoPeat⁩ ⁦@SimonLLewis⁩ ⁦@jonaspoufoun⁩

Congo peatlands would never be protected without meeting IPLC needs, wellbeing and aspiration. Let’s meet them AT the core of the Cuvette central peatlands in Congo. #Congopeat, @DargieGreta ,@Cassiedummett, @elonmusk @richardabetts @GCRF_TRADE_Hub @unepwcmc @UNEP @UCL

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