DRC's natural resources can drive growth in Africa

The Democractic Republic of Congo has half of Africa's forests and water resources

The Democratic Republic of the Congo can drive Africa's economic development if its vast forests and mineral reserves are used wisely.

That's the outcome of an assessment undertaken by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

The country's tropical rainforests extend over 1.5 million square kilometres and account for more than half of Africa's forest resources.

But the study also warns of increased deforestation and heavy metal pollution.

Achim Steiner, UNEP's Executive Director, says the country also faces a drinking water crisis, which has left an estimated 51 million Congolese without access to potable water.

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