Republic of Congo receives funds to protect rainforest

Photo courtesy: Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
Photo courtesy: Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

The Republic of Congo is taking a major step towards protecting its valuable rainforest.

On Tuesday, President Denis Sassou N’Guesso formally signed up for the Central African Forest Initiative and put the country in a position to receive up to $97 million to better protect the rainforest and fight climate change.

The program’s financing is provided by a coalition of donors: the European Union, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

During the G-7 summit in August, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to help sub-Saharan African countries fight fires raging in the area.