Distribution of forest types and changes in their classification

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The second largest block of dense moist forest after the Amazon, Central Africa’s forests are an exceptional reservoir of carbon and biodiversity for the countries they cover and the planet as a whole. These forests provide a livelihood to 60 million people and help to feed 40 million more in nearby towns and cities. They play an essential social and cultural role in the lives of indigenous peoples and local communities. The ecological, economic, social and cultural importance of Central Africa’s forests places them at the heart of international discussions aimed at preserving these unique ecosystems, which are vital to the health of the planet.

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