The environmental history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Urgent Action Needed to Save Congo's Ecosystem
Reuters, 22 July 1997. The virtual collapse of wildlife parks harboring some of the World's most magnificent and endangered creatures. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) argues the Kabila government needs aid to save protected areas devastated in the last year of fighting in the east of the country.
Mugabe's loggers to ravage rainforest
By Jason Burke, The Observer, [26 August 2001]. One of the world's last great rainforests is to be laid waste by loggers working for Robert Mugabe. The clearance rights have been conceded by the DRC government to Zimbabwe in return for military aid against rebels.
‘Plunder of Congo minerals unabated’
The Hindu, 25 May 2002. The plunder of Congo's mineral riches by foreign armies and their rebel supporters unabated and criminal networks based outside Africa may be using Congo's resources to launder money.
World's Biggest Hippo Population Devastated
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 29 August 2003. A new census has found a 95-percent decline in the hippopotamus population in Virunga National Park, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), once home to the world's largest hippo population. Armed factions killing hippos for their meat and their canine teeth, due to an increasing international demand in the illegal ivory trade.