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New Landsat-based forest change alerts for CARPE detect large forest fires in Republic of Congo: The University of Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) alert system detected one of the largest forest fires ever observed in the rainforests of Central Africa. GLAD launched the new Landsat-based forest disturbance alerts for Peru, Kalimantan, Indonesia and the Republic of Congo in February 2016. Read more ...

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InfoCongo is an environmental journalism platform for the Congo Basin supported by USAID CARPE. It was launched late in 2015 and it’s now increasing its capacity as planned in its 5 year program. InfoCongo will be co-hosting a workshop with IUCN in Yaounde, Cameroon on the 19th of April 2016 to bring together environmental journalists from the Congo Basin and discuss the environmental journalism and the use of cutting edge science and digital tools for investigating and publishing environmental stories.

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USAID has published a series of factsheets on the "Central Africa Forest Ecosystems Conservation Project (CAFEC)", the "Environmental Monitoring and Policy Support Project (EMAPS)", facsheets for each of the CARPE landscapes and for cross-cutting CARPE activities such as "Combating Wildlife Traffic". The factsheets can be found in the "Document Archive"

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For more information click here ICCFoundation, USAID, USFWSIntl, AWF

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Between the 17th and 19th of June 2015 partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership met in Yaounde, and among the topics discussed was the controversial issue of legalizing the sale of bushmeat. This African Wildlife Foundation video takes us inside the meeting to hear arguments for and against it.

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The State of the Forest 2013 is completed and online. It is through the PFBC and the excellent contribution and availability of a large number of its members that this publication has been made possible. We should also thank the donors of this publication. Thank you to Norway, the European Union, the United States of America, Germany, France, Canada and FAO. Finally, thank you to the COMIFAC and CBFP facilitation.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Esri have jointly developed and produced an online Story Map that combines spatial data, excellent cartography, and Web mapping tools to visually tell the story of the African elephant poaching crisis. To view the online Story Map click here.

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Forest elephants in central Africa are being poached at alarmingly accelerating rates. A recent 10-year study and subsequent publication in PLOS by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is helping to bring the looming extinction of the forest elephant to global attention. To read more on the study click here, and to get the recent story on NPR click here. To see a fact sheet on CARPE's support to the government of DRC's efforts to fight poaching in Salonga National Park click here. One of the more recent poaching incidents involving forest elephants occurred within Dzanga-Ndoki national park, Central African Republic. To read about it click here. A new U.S. initiative to combat wildlife trafficking in Africa has just been announced, read more.

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To access more news stories and announcements go to the CARPE News page

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University of Maryland Campus. For more information click here UMD