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Regional bishops call for protection of Congo River basin, tropical forest

July 17, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: “The major challenge is how to safeguard this strategic reserve for humanity — this lung in the heart of Africa—given the demographic pressure facing our countries,” said Bishop Donatien Bafuidinsoni Maloko-Mana, SJ, of Inongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo basin (map) is the world’s second largest, after the Amazon.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 19, 2019 8:59 PM ET USA

    From the cited: "Scientists say geographical features such as the tropical forests in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and South America help regulate regional and international weather patterns. 'Let us be clear, there cannot be climate solutions without forests,' Astrid Knutsen Harstand...said at a recent meeting at U.N. offices in Nairobi. 'Tropical deforestation [is] rampant.'" Tropical rain forests are where they are because of global atmospheric circulation. They also help regulate climate.