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Photo by Molly Bergen/WCS, WWF, WRI | by CARPE Congo Basin
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Photo by Molly Bergen/WCS, WWF, WRI

A researcher from the Congolese NGO Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (OSFAC) examines satellite maps in Kinshasa, DRC. Trained by the University of Maryland and other mostly American institutions, its staff have become experts not only at geographic information systems (GIS) and interpreting satellite data, but also at linking what we see from the sky to what’s happening in the dirt. OSFAC disseminates its findings for free to anyone who requests them.


Kinshasa, June 2018


The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) supports initiatives to improve the management of the Congo Basin’s biodiversity and natural resources. It is implemented in collaboration with African Parks, the African Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Maryland, the Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund and other partners.

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Taken on June 6, 2018