Quadruple your donation for endangered species and the climate by supporting our urgent project to protect 80,000 acres of carbon-rich rainforest in Africa. As well as doubling your donation through the Big Give, your gift will also be matched by generous supporters of RTUK, quadrupling your impact!
The forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are some of the most biodiverse and carbon-rich in the world. However, the wealth of species is matched by rich mineral deposits and other natural resources that have been the sought-after prize throughout decades of civil unrest. Only 14% of DRC’s land is under formal protection, leaving millions of acres of wildlife-rich rainforest vulnerable to poaching, habitat degradation and industrial extraction of minerals, timber and hydrocarbons.
Rainforest Trust and our local partner, Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo, aim to protect 80,000 acres of carbon-rich swamp forest adjacent to the existing Ekolo ya Bonobo Community Reserve, which we established in 2019. This will expand the protected area to 197,412 acres (an area half the size of Greater London) and provide a safe haven for threatened species such as Bonobos, Pangolins, Leopards and Grey Parrots. This area will also help fight climate change by storing 32 million tonnes of CO2e.