July 17, 2009

Photo of the Week: Because Nobody Should Read Too Much on Fridays

2870556548_31b4d9da2f_b.jpgPerennially ravaged by civil war and resource conflict, the DRC is in the midst of confronting yet another natural security challenge, adding trial to tribulation. The region’s historically rich ecosystem is currently threatened by deforestation, the result of increasing demand for land by farmers and herders. Alone, competition for land between the two groups is contributing to regional instability, but it’s also diminishing biodiversity, a necessary prerequisite to ecological (and economic and national) security.

Photo: Ground view of a logging operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Courtesy of Scott Thompson and the World Resources Institute on flickr.