Congo Basin, Congo
The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest on Earth. But that could soon be about to change. Deforestation is rampant in this impoverished land. Second in size only to the mighty Amazon, the Congo Basin is shrinking fast.
The logging that is doing such damage here is illegal, but the problem is so widespread that the authorities have lost control. Countless trees continue to be felled to clear the land for farming. The damage being done in the process is huge.
The Congo Basin’s disappearing forests are rich in wildlife, home to endangered species galore, including most of the planet’s remaining gorillas. Like to see this breathtaking place for yourself? Be sure to visit before it disappears forever.
The sprawling rainforest still covers an area larger than Alaska. But with 165,000 hectares having been cleared between 2000 and 2014, this lush landscape is getting smaller and smaller.