Protecting the Congo Basin Voices of the Forest

MEDIA ADVISORY
Feature package of Congo Basin Forest photos, stories & videos available in both English and French on
www.blog.cifor.org/congo

To request media interviews, contact:
Michelle Kovacevic at m.kovacevic@cgiar.org
Cell: +62-811-104-6012

Katie Start
c/o Glasshouse Partnership
katies@glasshousepartnership.com
Office: +44 (0)20 7908 6484
Cell: +44 (0)78 17923 375

Stretching across central Africa, the Congo Basin forest is the second largest tract of rainforest in the world and a lifeline for more than 60 million people – providing food and income for many remote communities, storing huge amounts of carbon, supporting unique ecosystems and regulating the flow of the major rivers across Central Africa. Yet the Congo’s forests are being cleared at an alarming rate amid global demand for the continent’s minerals, energy and wood resources. Current methods and rates of extracting these resources are unsustainable and threatening the future of the forest, and the people who rely on it.

As the Congo Basin is threatened, more research is needed to help protect the forest. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is currently supporting a new generation of researchers and working to improve the management of the Congo Basin forest and address the needs and perspectives of the people who depend on the forest for their livelihoods.

Media are invited to use a series of 11 colourful feature stories, nine videos and hundreds of photographs from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, exploring some of the threats facing the Congo Basin, and efforts by communities, governments, scientists and NGOs to address those threats.

Issues covered include:

To see the full package of photos, stories and videos in English and French, visit http://blog.cifor.org/congo

The multimedia package was produced by writer and video journalist Kate Evans, writer Babatope Aramide Akinwande, and photographer Ollivier Girard for the Center for International Forestry Research.

All stories were produced with Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike License. Media are welcome to use them as long as they are attributed correctly. High definition versions of the films can be made available upon request.

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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing counties. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 members of the CGIAR Consortium
www.cifor.org
www.blog.cifor.org

To see the full package of photos, stories and videos in English and French, visit http://blog.cifor.org/congo

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