Deforestation in the Democratic
Republic of Congo and in Kenya
|1. The growing population of land-hungry peasants cut forests for agricultural land.|
|2. There is an increasing demand for timber for export to Japan and other rich countries.|
|3. Most rural Africans use firewood as fuel.|
|4. Overgrazing of the forests.|
|5. Pollution of tropical forests is an ever-growing concern.|
Following is an analysis of two countries in Africa: the Republic of Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (formerly Zaire). Both coun- tries occupy important places in the ecosystem of the region and have been prominent in the deforestation debate.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the third-largest country in Africa, with an area of about 2,344,885 square kilometers, and is home to half of Africa's moist tropical forests, hosting a wide array of plants and animal life.