Natural Resources of Democratic Republic of Congo

Natural Resources of Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the world’s richest countries in terms of natural resources.


The country is endowed with fresh water resources with lake Kivu and River Congo playing a vital role for fishing.


These include minerals (cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal) as well as petrol and

It is believed that 80% of the world’s coltan is in DRC, and the overall underground reserves of its minerals have been estimated at 24 trillion of dollars.


The country has vast forests ideal for timber production.

National Parks

Democratic Republic of Congo has the following National Parks

  • Garamba National Park
  • Kahuzi-Biéga National Park
  • Maiko National Park
  • Salonga National Park (North and South sections)
  • Upemba National Park
  • Kundelungu National Park
  • Virunga National Park

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