Space News from
DR Congo president warns over risk to forest reserves
Kinshasa, Aug 21 (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has warned the country's vast forest resources -- crucial to countering global warning -- are at risk without faster development of its huge hydro-electricity potential.

The Congo River basin forest region is one of the largest in the world after the Amazon and, like the South American rain forests, it plays a vital role in absorbing global carbon emissions.

Along with illegal logging, the forest is threatened by the production of charcoal, a key energy resource for inhabitants because of the lack of electricity supplies.

"Given that more than 90 percent of the energy consumed in the DRC comes from wood, the lack of programmes to deliver clean and renewable energy is a direct threat to our forests," Tshisekedi said at an energy forum on Tuesday.

"At the current pace of population growth and energy demands, our forests risk extinction by 2100."

The Congo basin forest covers two thirds of the country or around 1.5 million km2.

At the end of 2018, DR Congo authorities announced a deal for a Spanish-Chinese consortium to develop the Inga 3 hydro-electric mega-dam project on the Congo River rapids, one of the world's most powerful and a key part of the country's energy plans.

The project has been delayed and both residents and environmental activists are concerned about its impact.

"We must get past this paradox of being a country that is one of the world's top five in hydroelectric potential but one that ranks among the worst in access to electricity," the DRC leader said.


Space News from
Boeing Starliner crewed test flight delayed indefinitely
Euclid space telescope unveils new images of the cosmos
NASA's Compact Infrared Cameras Enable New Science

24/7 Energy News Coverage
Scientists say they can make zero-emission cement
Flower or power? Campaigners fear lithium mine could kill rare plant
Australia gives largest coal power plant two-year lifeline

Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Pentagon says Russia 'likely' launched 'counter space' satellite
China warns of Taiwan 'war' as military drills encircle island
France tests updated air-launched nuclear missile

24/7 News Coverage
WWF takes Norway to court over deep sea mining
WFP chief says El Nino impact 'alarming' in dry Zambia
Kenyan president warns debt clouds Africa climate potential

All rights reserved. Copyright Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.