SAVE THE CONGO NOW - Resources
The Congo possesses the largest and grandest yet unexploited hydroelectric power potential in the world. The Congo River flows around a basin which is several hundred meters above sea level; and near Atlantic it falls at about three hundred meters over a stretch of tens of kilometers in length. This provides an hydroelectric site second to none in the world.
At present, there are two hydroelectric sites generating 1, 775 Mega Watts (MG) and providing power to Kinshasa, portions of the Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. And plans are currently underway to providing power to Mozambique and Angola. But a proposed dam –Grand Inga- would be generating around of 39,000 MW, more than twice that of the Three Gorges Dam in China, enough electricity to meet the needs of all of Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe.
It is, however, the tragedy of the region that for all its natural resources their development falls miserably short of the potential. Mismanagement, corruption, bad economic policies and the on-going human tragedy engulfing the country, none of the Inga facility operates at its potential and much of the country functions without electricity at all.
The Congo is home to the mighty and ancient yet intact rainforest on the planet. Covering an area more than twice the size of France (1.3 million square kilometres or 358 million acres), DRC’s rainforest is the second largest area of contiguous moist tropical forest left in the world and represent approximately one fifth of the world's remaining closed canopy tropical forest.
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