Democratic Republic of Congo President, Félix Tshisekedi commits to fighting deforestation of the Congo basin

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President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Tshisekedi has committed to contesting the deforestation of the Congo basin rainforest. The Congo basin rainforest is second largest in the world after the Amazon.

At the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on Tuesday, Tshisekedi, chairs person the African Union, stated that his country was more determined with its contribution at the national level to achieve a 21% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. His country plans to launch a programme aimed at planting one billion trees by 2023 and expanding their energy mix to include greener choices.

"In addition, the protection of the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples is essential," Tshisekedi posited.

The green recovery plan for Africa set in motion by Tshisikedi as President of the African Union, is focused on strengthening its actions in favour of environmental sustainability and prosperity in Africa.

A little over 100 countries have vowed to end deforestation, which scientists say is a major driver of climate change.

Britain considers the commitment as the first major achievement of the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.

However, campaigners claim they need evidence and details of these plans as such promises have been made, and broken, before.

The United Kingdom Government claims to have received assurance from leaders representing more than 85% of the world’s forests to cease and reverse deforestation by 2030.

Over 19 billion US dollars in public and private funds donated toward a deforestation plan. This plan has also been endorsed by countries such as: Brazil, China, Colombia, Congo, Indonesia, Russia and the United States.

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