The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is known for its dense tropical forests, which represent 47 percent of Africa's total, as well as its diversity of plants and animals. However, a growing population -- and its dependence on farming and livestock -- are putting pressure on the country’s natural ecosystems. South Kivu province, where 80% of the people live in poverty, has one of the highest population densities in DRC. 

The farms, pasture, and rangelands of the Central African Republic (CAR) are full of potential for local people. The country also hosts a diversity of forested land, ranging from dense, humid forests in the South to savannah in the North, which provides timber, firewood, and non-timber forest products (NTFPs).