Expanding Protected Areas in the Congo Basin Through Local and Indigenous Stewards

An overhead view of the Congo river winding through lush green trees
(Photo credit: Guenter Guni / Getty)

Rainforest Trust will support the creation of 2 million hectares of new or expanded protected or conserved areas in the Congo Basin by 2025 by re-granting and matching 85% of Bezos Earth funding to local organizations and Indigenous Peoples groups that steward protected and conserved areas. The initiative will save species from extinction and maintain critical ecosystem function, mitigate climate change by reducing emissions and locking up carbon for the long-term, and safeguard or enhance the protection of human rights and the livelihoods of local and indigenous people.

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