Once upon a time, the Congo basin
The Congo basin’s forest is the 2nd largest after the Amazonia and represents 8% of the world’s forest
area. The forest is shared among six countries namely Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic
of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Centrafrican Republic.
It is a tropical evergreen rainforest, a type of forest declining on all continents and only existing in a
fragmented way in Africa.
The Congo’s basin forest is the richest in specific diversity, for both flora and fauna in general (up to
hundreds of trees species per hectare against a maximum of 10 in mild weathers). It is the most
important niche of biodiversity in Africa and more than 80 million of people live in or nearby the forest.
The forest is threatened by the cutting and illegal trading of wood, but also agricultural expansion and
urbanization. Many people, like the pygmies, animal and floral species depend on the forest to survive.
The Papillon Source project gave itself the mission to be a force for the salvation and rise of this forest.
GOING BACK TO THE ROOTS: THE PAPILLON SOURCE’S INNER AFRICA LABEL | EL4DEV - January 2021