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Democratic Republic of Congo

TOTAL POPULATION

73.7 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

4,700 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Africa, YEAR 2014

“A 17% reduction compared to a business-as-usual scenario by 2030”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Due to its resource wealth and biodiversity, DR Congo is posed with the challenge of balancing the need for conservation with the economic dividends of a lucrative minerals trade.

DR Congo is one of five countries inside the Congo basin rainforest. This biodiversity hotspot - the second largest in the world - is home to critically endangered marvels of nature, chief of them being gorillas, the largest primates on our planet, and the mother figure in Tarzan. The bonobo, human’s closest cousin, is also from the Congo basin. This 10,000 plant-strong biodiversity fortress is as important as the Amazon in the planet’s equilibrium. 

This planetary treasure is in danger. Formal and informal mining, the palm oil industry and ongoing warfare (meaning more dependency on the forest for survival) jeopardise the very existence of the rainforest and its inhabitants. 

The forest provides food, water, medicine and wood for more than 75 million humans. These people are very often in dire conditions and rely almost entirely on these resources to survive. The use of bushmeat is common and so is slash-and-burn agriculture. In DR Congo alone, over 1 million tonnes of bushmeat are consumed each year.

Due to these factors, DR Congo has seen its biocapacity drop fivefold since 1970. This means that it has already lost a significant amount of natural resources and that its capacity to renew has gone down. DR Congo needs the world to reduce its dependency on rare minerals and needs help to preserve its unique nature. 

DR Congo has known its fair share of political violence and economic hardships. This country has a formidable energy. The “heart of Africa” and its capital “Kinshasa la belle” are among the most natural and vibrant places in the world. Can it make this wealth everlasting and renewable?


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DATA INSIGHTS

DR Congo is classified as a low-income country by the World Bank. The history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk provides useful insights into the DR Congo’s position in the fight against climate change.  The following plots provide an overview of DR Congo’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness regarding climate change.


DR Congo Greenhouse Gas Emissions

DR Congo’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%. 


From 1990 to 2009, DR Congo’s emissions declined by 47% (with an average decrease of 2.5% per year), driven by a decrease in emissions from the industrial processes and agricultural sectors. Overall, DR Congo’s GHG emissions decreased by 42% between 1990 and 2012.  Deforestation driven by infrastructure development and agricultural expansion is responsible for the largest share (80%) of DR Congo’s emissions. Although the country has achieved substantial emissions reductions, LUCF activities such as agricultural activities through slash-and-burn farming remain at a very high level.


In 2012, DR Congo produced over 800 million tonnes of CO2 eq. GHG emissions, which accounts for 17% of 2012 GHG emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. To reduce emissions, DR Congo still requires efforts such as regulating the unsustainable land use and deforestation. Moreover, as the majority of the country still relies on firewood and charcoal for cooking, introducing more efficient cooking stoves and alternative fuels will also help reduce DR Congo’s emissions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018) 

DR Congo Greenhouse Gas Emissions

DR Congo’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

DR Congo Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%. 


From 1990 to 2009, DR Congo’s emissions declined by 47% (with an average decrease of 2.5% per year), driven by a decrease in emissions from the industrial processes and agricultural sectors. Overall, DR Congo’s GHG emissions decreased by 42% between 1990 and 2012.  Deforestation driven by infrastructure development and agricultural expansion is responsible for the largest share (80%) of DR Congo’s emissions. Although the country has achieved substantial emissions reductions, LUCF activities such as agricultural activities through slash-and-burn farming remain at a very high level.


In 2012, DR Congo produced over 800 million tonnes of CO2 eq. GHG emissions, which accounts for 17% of 2012 GHG emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. To reduce emissions, DR Congo still requires efforts such as regulating the unsustainable land use and deforestation. Moreover, as the majority of the country still relies on firewood and charcoal for cooking, introducing more efficient cooking stoves and alternative fuels will also help reduce DR Congo’s emissions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018) 

DR Congo Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

DR Congo’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


DR Congo is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change impacts, and a low level of adaptation capacity. Agricultural yields are forecasted to decline significantly under projected climate change. Climate change is expected to lead to reduced rainfall, causing more extreme droughts and threatening the water security of the country. Due to extreme weather events, the health impacts of climate change, such as malnutrition and waterborne diseases, are also expected to increase in DR Congo. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018) 


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys.

DR Congo Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

DR Congo’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

DR Congo Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


DR Congo is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change impacts, and a low level of adaptation capacity. Agricultural yields are forecasted to decline significantly under projected climate change. Climate change is expected to lead to reduced rainfall, causing more extreme droughts and threatening the water security of the country. Due to extreme weather events, the health impacts of climate change, such as malnutrition and waterborne diseases, are also expected to increase in DR Congo. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018) 


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys.

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