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Satellite image of Sub-Saharan Africa (Image: NASA)

A study carried out by the University of Leicester has shown the amount of rainfall many African areas receive has drastically changed in the last ten years. It is an essential factor for vegetation, which plays a vital role in African livelihoods.

The international team of researchers has mapped the entire African continent south of the Sahara regions using satellite mapping technology. The analysis of  the rainfall and greenness of plants in African regions suggests that "some parts of the Congo, Nigeria and Madagascar appear to receive much less rainfall now compared to 10 years ago," said Professor Heiko Balzter, Director of the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research at the University of Leicester and co-author of the study.

The analysis of 10 years of satellite data has been... read more

Publishing Date: 09/03/2015
The studies analyzed the "greenness" of the Congo rainforest

A new analysis of data derived from various satellite sensors shows that Congo's rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has suffered from long-term drought over the past ten years. The study included data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite, the NASA/JAXA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, NASA's Quick Scatterometer (QuikScat), and NASA's Gravity... read more

Publishing Date: 29/04/2014

China Great Wall Industry Corp will launch the Democratic Republic of the Congo's first satellite, which will also be developed by China, before the end of 2015, according to a contract signed on 17 November 2012. The Chinese company is the country's only authorized provider of commercial satellite launch services for international clients. The contract for CongoSat 1, a communications satellite to be developed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology for the National Network of Satellite Telecommunications of the African country, was inked in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.

The CongoSat 1 design will be based on the DFH 4 satellite platform, capable of covering the Democratic Republic of the Congo and all the central and southern parts of the African continent. China will also build ground control and training facilities and will train satellite-control personnel for... read more

Publishing Date: 28/11/2012
As a result of the international collaboration between Pan-African telecom provider RascomStar, Viasat and UK-based ip. access, remote parts of Congo and at least 10 other African countries may get mobile coverage by 2013. This initiative starts with the installation of 50 mini base stations around Congo in summer 2012.   "Our services were developed to provide affordable universal access telephony in rural and remote areas… together with our partners, we believe that we have designed a service that meets the needs of a region underserved by mobile and indeed fixed telephony," stated Faraj Elamari, head of RascomStar-QAF.
Publishing Date: 07/06/2012

Disaster

An Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak has been declared in the Mweka health zones of the Western Kasai province following the death of a parturient, her baby and the person who accompanied them to the hospital.

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In 2009 there have been 26 cases of Polio which 3 have been in Angola, 5 in Uganda and 18 in Sudan. This continued circulation of polio in countries neighbouring DR Congo has led to the government and health sector partners to organise a series of national vaccination days (JLS).

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The city of Goma and the area of Nyiragongo located at the bottom of the volcano are and will remain high risk areas. Since January 2009, the Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes have been showing the following signs: recurrent seismic swarms of volcanic nature; great range volcano tremors at the seismographic station of Rusayo, where they happened more frequently than in other stations. This means that the volcano tremors mainly come from Nyiragongo, which lake of lava is very active.

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Flood from Congo river affected 13,500 families, over 5,000 became homeless in Bukama.

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Floods have devastated the Basunkusu area, located in the northern part of the Equateur Province. Nearly 300 homes were totally destroyed, leaving an estimated 1,500 individuals homeless.

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Guide

The Congo Basin forest is the second largest contiguous tropical forest in the world and plays a key role in securing the livelihoods of Central African citizens. The forest also provides critical habitat for biodiversity conservation, and supplies vital regional and worldwide ecological services. CARPE was therefore initiated as a regional programme, in order to promote sustainable natural resource management in the Congo Basin.

The Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) is a United States Agency for the International Development (USAID) initiative, and its strategic objective is to reduce the rate of forest degradation and loss of biodiversity in the Congo Basin; by increasing local, national, and regional natural resource management capacity.
 

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