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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has the second largest forest in the world after Brazil. Estimated at nearly 155 million hectares, the DRC's forest area is attracting timber companies around the world. However, the exploitation of timber in several forest provinces, especially by Chinese companies, poses a real problem, notably because of corruption at all levels, the lack of enforcement of forestry laws and impunity.
The Wood of Poverty is an investigation we conducted in the provinces of Equateur and Tshuapa. It sheds light on the blunders, complicity and obstruction of the law committed by Chinese companies in this part of the country.
By Nelphie Mie Ngakao with the participation of Francis Mbanzulu, Elisée Boweya and Eric Bombayo.
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