The future of Central Africa’s forests


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Feature package of forest photos, stories & videos available in both English and French on

Central Africa’s forests are at a critical turning point: The population of the Congo is set to double in the next 25 years, logging roads are slowly penetrating previously untouched forest areas, investors are earmarking land for agriculture and mining, and a large population is at risk of the effects of climate change.

Media are invited to use stories, photos and videos from a special multimedia feature in both English ( and French ( exploring the future of Central Africa’s forests. Issues covered include:

  • EU timber regulations could bankrupt Central Africa’s small scale loggers
  • CIFOR’s Central Africa coordinator reflects on how management of the region’s forests has changed since 1992
  • How a radio program is helping Congo’s farmers adapt to climate change
  • Can REDD+ drive change in the DR Congo?
  • How Chinese investment in Africa has lead to problems of planning, control and coordination
  • What policymakers should know about the Congo’s forests

Go to for updates from tomorrow’s policy conference: Sustainable forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @CIFOR_forests (English) or @CIFOR_forets (French) and tracking the conference hashtag: #CIFOR20.

This is part of a series of events to mark CIFOR’s 20th anniversary. Learn more at

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 footage of Central Africa’s forests can be made available on request.


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 countries. 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 centres within the CGIAR.


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