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Project July 20, 2020

The Economic Impact of Deforestation on Community Livelihoods



The unsustainable exploitation of forest resources by agribusinesses is today one of the key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation—and also of poverty in local communities. This is due to climate change-related intersections, land grabbing, and non-compliance with standards on environmental protection and local communities' human rights. 

This urgent situation in the Congo Basin is affecting the livelihoods of many people living in and depending on forests and other natural resources. This report offers an understanding of how deforestation is affecting the living conditions of communities in the DRC's Equateur Province.