This is how we are changing the small scale forestry landscape in the farthest reaches of Congo
Traditionally, small scale foresters in the D.R. Congo have barely been able to survive on their trade. They never had the tools to be able to selectively cut and extract only the valuable logs and so they indiscriminately cut down large areas of forest, burning all logs to make charcoal to sell in urban centres. The vast areas of land burnt down and devastated are then used as agricultural land, never giving the trees a chance to regenerate and depleting the world of thousands of carbon sinks.
Such quick removal of forests in Congo will result in the disappearance of forests where huge amounts of forested land will soon become bare. It is estimated that if work to protect and conserve these forests is not increased significantly in the D.R. Congo and around the world, 30% of forests in the world will be gone by 2030 and two thirds of the Congo Basin might be lost by 2040. This also means that by 2100, all the forests in the world might be gone. Thus, we must step up efforts to conserve the forests and the Congo Basin.