Republic of Congo

Protect Africa’s Biodiversity Hotspot


Protect Forest Elephants and Lowland Gorillas of Africa’s Biodiversity Hotspot

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is covered with dense tropical rainforest.  These forests are home to a number of critically endangered species like Chimpanzees, Grauer’s Gorillas and the newly recognized African Forest Elephants.


The project is a “carbon vault” which stores huge amounts of carbon within the wood and roots.  It is essential that this carbon stays locked up, ensuring that it is not released into the atmosphere.  Once fully protected, a total of 195,501,690 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents (equivalent to the annual energy emission of every home in California and Texas combined)  will be secured and will be safely stored in the rainforest, where it belongs.


The proposed site will include a variety of forest types–including high altitude, dense tropical rainforests and old-growth forests.  Along with our local partner, Strong Roots, we urgently need your help to stop the deforestation of 769,543 acres of healthy, thriving rainforest. 


Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo




Hooded Vultures (CR), Grey Parrots (EN), Congo Bay-owls (EN), Steppe Eagles (EN) and Shelley’s Crimsonwing (EN)

Acres Conserved by:



Strong Roots

Project Carbon Storage:

195,501,691 mT*

*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)

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Challenges and Solutions

Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from internal conflict for more than 50 years between 1960 and 2018. The years of unrest and violence have taken their toll on the flora and fauna of the region, and despite being one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, DRC is one of the least developed; nearly 80% of the population lives below the poverty line.  The extensive levels of poverty in the region have led to widespread practices of mining and poaching which is fragmenting habitats and decimating animal populations.  Displacement as a result of violence or poverty has resulted in an unsustainable and damaging dependence on natural resources.

As a result, one of the keys to long-term success in the region is a strong community engagement program.  Strong Roots are designating community forest concessions and working with the local people to creat conservation plans, promote sustainable livelihoods within the forests and ensure local natural resource governance. Providing these local communities and indigenous people with new skills in sustainable forest management will help to ensure that the project remains a long-term conservation success story.

Help Save rare species in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past 10 years our partners have successfully protected over 5 million acres in the region, and this project is an important addition to the lands protected so far.  The area is home to a number of highly threatened species including the Hooded Vultures (CR), Grey Parrots (EN), Congo Bay-owls (EN), Steppe Eagles (EN) and Shelley’s Crimsonwing (EN) – one of the rarest finches in the world.


The African Forest Elephant which lives in the region is critically endangered, and has a much slower reproductive rate than savanna elephants, so they cannot bounce back from population declines as easily making them particularly vulnerable. We hope that our work here, with your help, can ensure that the region can remain protected for millenia to come, preserving the precious animals that live there, and locking in carbon to help us win the fight against man-made climate change

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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.



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Eric currently works as an independent consultant at the intersection of nature and climate, focused on catalysing market and non-market solutions to drive the just transition.

He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Alan is a risk management thought-leader, superconnector, and FinTech pioneer. His mission is to enable an Earth Positive economy which includes nature in global accounting systems.

Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

Tina is the Chief Business Officer for MLTC Industrial Investments, the Economic Development arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. She has a diverse background of experience. Having spent 15 years as a municipal Chief Operating Officer, 20 years involved in Saskatchewan’s Health Authority Board Keewatin Yatthe and 9 years with Northern Lights Board of Education. 


She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non-Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over six billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin and is currently a member of the One Tribe Indigenous Carbon Board.