Mitigation potential of Congo Basin remains largely unknown, but not for long

As the world grapples with a new pandemic and a flurry of fires and storms exacerbating concerns over the climate crisis, a scientific milestone has been achieved in the heart of the world’s second largest tropical forest.

The Congo Basin’s first eddy-flux tower now rises above the canopy in the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The 55-meter tall structure measures the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere and the forest ecosystem and will make it possible to contribute to accurately calculate the basin’s carbon sink potential, considered by scientists as a crucial nature-based solution against global warming.

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