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Tshopo—DRC, territory of Isangi. Straddling the Congo River, the Yangambi landscape is well known for the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve, 25 thousand hectares of forest, located in the city of the same name, downstream from the Congo River, one hundred kilometers from Kisangani. For ten years, environmental organizations have been flocking there to fight against deforestation. Projects as long as short intended for the economic activities of farmers to reduce their dependence on the forests. In the wake of this, a series of organizations characterized by method and a very long-term vision have arrived.
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With the support of the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, reporters Orphée Fundi and Jean Fundi Kiparamoto, armed with pen, tape recorder and camera, set out for Yangambi, the El Dorado.