Leveraging Technology and Innovation For Conservation in The Congo Basin

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The Congo Basin is the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, stores an estimated 25-30 million tons of carbon stocks, and is home to nearly 20% of Earth’s species.

The Congo Basin Institute at UCLA is a new network that drives research in Central Africa through technology development, science, capacity building, and local participation. The Bouamir Research Station which is part of the Institute is located at the western center of the Dja Biosphere Reserve. The Station provides a model for protecting and restoring the Congo Basin forest by leveraging technology and local expertise. 

They plan to deploy cutting edge technology to collect and share data in the Cameroonian rainforest, engage indigenous people and African researchers to advance in scientific discovery and conduct research to inform conservation in a protected area and the Western Congo Basin forest ecoregion. 

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