Ebony Project Featured in Forbes Magazine

Sustainable Guitars – Giving Back To The Trees And Communities That Helped Create Music The Ebony Project in Cameroon, West Africa, is a partnership between the Congo Basin Institute, local communities and Taylor Guitars. CHRIS SORENSON, TAYLOR GUITARS  ...

Tom Smith on CBS This Morning News: UN Biodiversity report

CBI’s Co-Director, Tom Smith, spoke with CBS about a new United Nations report that says nature is essential for our existence and a good quality of life, but point to a stark warning: humans are transforming the planet’s natural habitat at an unprecedented...

Remembering Africa’s Congo Basin on Earth Day

Original Blog Post Published in Ecology & Evolution The rainforests of the Congo Basin are one of the most important centers of biological diversity on the planet and ground zero for climate change. Traditional conservation approaches based solely on identifying...

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest

The future of our planet is Africa — in terms of people, biodiversity, habitats that are crucial for genetic diversity in the face of climate change, and some of the richest tropical forest carbon stocks on Earth. But climate change and exploitation of natural...

RBG Kew and IRD Visit Bouamir Field Station

CBI was happy to host a team of botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, at the CBI/MINFOF Bouamir research station in December 2018. In collaboration with the National Herbarium of Cameroon, IRAD, they are working on a project to determine which areas in...

Project announced to make trade a force for good

Photo Credit: Sebastian Pichler CBI is a partner on a multi-million pound project led by UNEP-WCMC announced today, aiming to make trade a positive force for both marginalised people and nature conservation. The trade of wild species and crops has incredible potential...

Congo Basin Institute and Ebony Project in Foreign Service Journal

From Guitars to Gold: The Fruits of Economic Diplomacy In this Foreign Service Journal article, the founder of Taylor Guitars describes the partnership between Taylor Guitars and the Congo Basin Institute “to grow ebony seedlings, and develop a mechanism to make...

Quantitative Ecology Workshop – Yaounde, Cameroon

Quantitative Ecology Workshop Jan 28-Feb 4, 2019 Biodiversity Initiative is hosting a quantitative ecology workshop For Cameroonians and Equatoguineans.  Applications are due December 15th. Please see below and here on BI’s website for more information.  ...

CARLA (Central African Plant, Red List Authority) Report

The Central African Plant Red List Authority convened in June 2017 at the Congo Basin Institute campus in Yaoundé to conduct Red List assessments prepared for the Global Ebony Assessment project by the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Central African Program. Assessments...

Phenology and Reproductive Biology of the Cameroonian Orchids

Panoramic view of the newly constructed shadehouse at Bouamir Although our knowledge of Central African orchid flora has greatly improved in recent years, very little is known about their flowering time and their interaction with pollinators, limiting our...

Watch: Solving a plant-pollinator mystery at Bouamir

Laura Azandi, a PhD student at Cameroon’s University of Yaounde I, recently spent time at CBI’s Bouamir Research Station studying a particular species of orchid, Cyrtorchis letouzeyi. Watch the video to learn more about the research. View on Youtube Africa is home to...

Study links US demand for Chinese furniture to deforestation in Africa

Story originally published by John C. Cannon of Mongabay Recent research links the U.S. demand for furniture made in China to tree cover loss in Africa’s Congo Basin. Between 2001 and 2015, China became the largest export market for timber from the Congo Basin, and...