ERAIFT professor Theodore Trefon has just published a book about integrated management of DRC’s natural resource management.
Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty, ZED Books: London.
Congo matters. It is land of plenty with the natural resources the world needs. No other country in
Africa, and few countries worldwide, has such an impressive concentration and diversity of natural
wealth. Congo has over 1,100 mineral substances and is home to the world’s second largest tropical
rainforest. Endowed with abundant arable land, its farmers could feed a billion people. More than
half of Africa’s water is located in this troubled nation, whose hydroelectric capacity could light up
the entire continent. And Congo has oil too. But after a decade of robust growth driven by the extractive sectors, there is little evidence of social development.