Illegal logging soars during Covid-19 pandemic in Congo Basin

A survey of 7000 forest dependent community members in Cameroon, Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo by the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), has revealed that global climate goals and livelihoods of forest communities are at risk due to increased illegal logging in the forests of the Congo Basin.

According to the survey of the forest dependent communities in the three countries, hardships due to Government lockdown measures made it difficult for these communities to maintain access to forest resources that they depend on for their livelihoods.

Habiba Mohamed, a researcher on the project, explained that women participating in the study reported the most significant losses in income and difficulty managing household expenses and their roles as caregivers.

“Findings show that the pandemic has hit women from forest-dependent communities the hardest, economically, socially and psychologically”.

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