Image taken from behind two men using binoculars to look up into the trees of a dense rainforest.

Republic of the Congo

At a Glance

The Central African Regional Mission serves Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Republic of Congo.

The Congo Basin is not only the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, it serves as a significant carbon sink for greenhouse gases and provides the primary source of food, shelter, and livelihoods for over 80 million people in the region. USAID under the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment [CARPE] works with governments and local communities to sustainably manage natural resources and preserve the Congo Basin ecosystem.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information.

Climate Projections


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Increased Incidence/Risk of Droughts and Floods


Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability


Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas


Forests & Biodiversity


Human Health

Water Resources

Funding and Key Indicators

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


$6 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$6 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2020)

5.3 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Climate Change Information

Stories from the Area

The Congo Basin of Central Africa hosts the second largest tropical forest in the world. The forests of the Congo Basin provide a range of environmental services to local forest-dependent communities, the surrounding region, and globally through climate regulation and carbon sequestration. Fostering the sustainable use of this vast, critical resource is imperative and requires a better understanding of existing forest resources, including changes in forest and land cover.