Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)

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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.