Report: Assessing the potential threat of extractive industries to tropical intact forest landscapes
This report, produced by WWF in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society, explores the potential threat posed by extractive development to IFLs in the three major tropical forest regions :
2) Central Africa
The analysis uses one of the most recent global spatial datasets on extractive concessions (mining, oil and gas accessed in 2018), assessed against the extent of IFL 2016 data. The results show that the extractive sector poses a substantial threat to tropical IFLs worldwide, with oil and gas contracts overlapping around 8% (408,000 km2) of these tropical IFLs, and a larger overlap of 11% (590,000 km2) for mining claims within the area assessed.
The overall goal of this study is to build knowledge and highlight the extent and potential threat of future extractive development on IFL. The report includes some key recommendations to governments, private sector and financial institutions.