This section presents a thorough description of the current status of the forest cover, the level of deforestation and degradation of forests, as well as the contribution of this sector to the economies of the countries of the Congo Basin.
The information related to the forest cover of the Congo Basin, in particular for 2010, comes from the series State of the Forests (de Wasseige et al. 2009, 2012) and is summarized in Table 3.
Table 3 shows that in 2010, the Congo Basin had a forest cover of more than 268 million hectares (de Wasseige et al. 2012), which...