The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country central to the work of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). It hosts over 60 percent of the world’s second largest swathe of tropical forest, the Congo Basin, which is home to endangered gorillas, okapis, chimpanzees, bonobos and forest elephants, as well as thousands of species of birds and trees. It is also home to millions of people, many of whom depend on forests for their livelihood and energy needs. However, prolonged conflict in parts of the country and ongoing unchecked natural resource exploitation leave DRC’s forests at risk. Mining, unsustainable commercial logging, wood fuel harvesting, wildlife trafficking, and hunting have become pressing threats. This is why we must act now to preserve the country’s vast forests. CIFOR’s project FORETS (Formation, Recherche et Environement dans la Tshopo) in northern DRC, is located at the very heart of the Congo Basin where the potential for impact is massive.