Alexander Hails Passage Of Congo Basin Conservation Bill

Posted on December 10, 2003

WASHINGTON — The United States Senate has passed the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Act, HR 2264, by unanimous consent. "The Congo Basin is home to the second largest contiguous tropical forest in the world - only the Amazon is larger," Alexander said. "It extends over 700,000 square miles into six African countries and contains the most diverse grouping of plants and animals in Africa. I am grateful for the support of Senators Lugar, Biden, and Feingold and that the Senate has acted unanimously to help protect this region." The bill formally authorizes U.S. participation in the CBFP, which aims to protect 11 key landscapes encompassing more than 30 national parks and thousands of square miles across six countries in central Africa. Under the partnership, the U.S. joins the European Union and other donor governments in partnering with African governments and non-governmental organizations to conserve the 11 landscapes. Secretary of State Collin Powell announced U.S. participation in the partnership in September 2002. As chairman of the African Affairs Subcommittee, Alexander held a hearing on the CBFP in July.