The area of forest felled in the Congo basin rose last year, but schemes giving power to Indigenous communities could be key to reversing the trend
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If the Amazon is the lungs of the world, then the Congo basin is its beating heart. This vast region in central Africa is home to the world’s second-largest – and most pristine – tropical rainforest, spanning six countries and 170 million hectares of land.
But this unique habitat, which boasts a dazzling array of wildlife from forest elephants to mountain gorillas, is in trouble. Last year, forest loss in the Congo basin jumped …