Swamps in the Congo Basin are home to one of the world’s largest tropical peatlands, and the team of experts who discovered its global significance are also providing the information needed to protect it.

The peatlands of the Cuvette Centrale cover over 145,000 square kilometres – an area larger than England. If all the carbon stored there were released into the atmosphere it would be over 110 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to around three years of global fossil-fuel emissions. In 2017, a group of experts from the Congo and the UK, led by Professor Simon Lewis from the University ...


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