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UN advises prudent use of abundant resources to spur development

UN News Centre - October 10, 2011

Congo rainforestThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has the capacity to become the driving force of Africa’s economic development if its vast forests, water resources and trillions of dollars worth of mineral reserves are used prudently, according to the findings of a United Nations assessment released today.
DR Congo blocks oil search in Virunga National Park

BBC News - March 18, 2011

An adult male mountain gorilla in the Virunga Mountains, part of the Albertine Rift Ecoregion;The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK's Soco International to search for oil in the Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site home to rare mountain gorillas.
Logging firms 'avoid Congo tax'

BBC News - July 30, 2008

Congo rainforestThe Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo are losing at least $12m annually in tax avoidance by logging companies, Greenpeace says. The environmental group says it has evidence showing how firms like German-owned Danzer group have set up "elaborate profit-laundering schemes".



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