Forest cover and carbon stocks at risk as road network expands in Democratic Republic of Congo

By Cecilia Schubert, CCAFS

Plans to expand road networks in the Democratic Republic of Congo are threatening forest cover in the country with losses in biological carbon stock and biodiversity as immediate consequences. This reveals a recently released article that have developed a land use model to assess the environmental impacts of existing plans for road development in the country.

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East African agriculture and climate change

A comprehensive analysis The second of three books in IFPRI's climate change in Africa series, East African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis examines the food security threats facing 10 of the countries that make up east and central Africa - Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda - and explores how climate change will increase the efforts needed to achieve sustainable food security throughout the region. East Africa's populations is expected to grow at least through mid-century. The region will also see income growth. Both will put increased pressure on the natural resources needed to produce food, and climate change makes the challenges greater. East Africa is already experiencing rising temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, and increasing extreme events. Without attention to adaptation, the poor will suffer. Read more on IFPRI's website