With more than 60% of the forests of the Congo Basin, the world’s second lung in the fight against climate change, the Democratic Republic of the Congo can be part of the solutions to climate change.
According to Dr Jonathan Pershing, US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, this can only be possible if the DRC makes efficient use of its natural resources by focusing on the economic development of local communities and indigenous peoples.
“Through the efficient management of the immense resources of the second lung of the world, the DRC can show all nations that it is possible to create solutions to climate change while prioritizing the economic development of communities living in its precious tropical forests. and rich in biodiversity ”, declared Dr. Jonathan Persing.
In addition, the US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change believes that the Democratic Republic of Congo deserves support from the international community.
“More fundamentally, we must act now to tackle the climate crisis. We don’t have time to put it off. Rapid, sustainable and deep reductions in global emissions over the next decade will be needed to mitigate the effects of catastrophic global warming to come. The DRC can certainly be part of the solution and deserves the support of the international community ”, he added.
Dr Jonathan Pershing stayed in Kinshasa from October 4 to 5 to discuss the common interest of the United States and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the fight against climate change. This visit is part of his tour of Africa ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow, UK from November 1 to 12.