Congo Basin Institute is leading the Sustainable Cocoa Coalition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Supporting the production of sustainable cocoa and fight deforestation around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR), in the Ituri Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is one of the goals of the Sustainable Cocoa Coalition of which CBI (Congo Basin Institute) is part of. This year partners were able to get cocoa exporters representing 70% of the market to sign a statement of intent agreeing to play an active role in protecting the OWR – ensuring that cocoa is not cultivated within specific conservation corridors in the OWR buffer zone, and is not driving further deforestation within the OWR.

Discover more about this effort in this press release.