Sustainability Science Speaker Series – Third Lecture Focuses on Congo Basin Forests

On Tuesday, June 25th, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) will present the final lecture of its spring series on the current issues in Sustainability Science. WHRC Associate Scientist Nadine Laporte will present Forging a New Path to Conserve Congo Basin Forests.

The WHRC has recently opened a field office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to tackle the problem of forest conservation in collaboration with forest communities, local NGOs and the government. Dr. Laporte will discuss why it is important to conserve the world’s second largest forest estate and how a new carbon finance mechanism known as REDD (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) could prevent the Congo from becoming a second Brazil in terms of its large deforested areas.

Dr. Laporte is a biologist whose research centers on the applications of satellite imagery to tropical forest ecosystems, including vegetation and carbon mapping, land-use change, and deforestation causes and consequences on carbon and biodiversity. She has been involved in numerous environmental projects in Central Africa over the past 20 years, working with in-country scientists, foresters, and international conservation organizations to develop integrated forest monitoring systems and promote forest conservation. Dr. Laporte received her doctorate in tropical biogeography from l’Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.

The lecture will take place at 5:30 pm in the WHRC Harbourton Auditorium, 149 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA. It is free and open to the public; however, parking and seating are limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve, email us or call 508-444-1517.


WHRC is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the globe.