About the Forest



Mbau forest and Mixed forest in the Ituri, DR Congo

The actual title is “The Ecology of a Single Species Dominant Forest and of a Mixed Forest in Zaire, Africa.” Politics change, names disappear, hope these forests persist.

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  1. Kevan Zunckel
    Posted 2010-10-24 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Dear Terese and John

    I am an ecologist employed as part of a team assessing the potential impact of proposed commercial gold mining near Mongbwalu in the Ituri province of the DRC. I have been given your website and am in the process of downloading the documents available.

    I am particularly interested in using a resource economic approach to the assessment as I believe that the traditional method of listing species is meaningless to developing economies, especially those that have been disturbed by conflict and now lack strong governance structures.

    If you have any additional information pertaining to the way in which ecosystem goods and services link into the lives of local communities in the DRC I would appreciate receiving this. I suspect that dependence on natural capital is extremely high, even though it appears that both the Mbuti and the Bantu are becoming increasingly reliant on imported food and medicines, they are still dependent on ‘green’ infrastructure for water and energy.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours sincerely
    Kevan Zunckel

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