Large-scale deforestation in the Congo Basin has an impact on rainfall patterns, both in the Basin and beyond. Factors like socio-economic drivers contribute to ongoing deforestation and forest loss rates are expected to increase. The mechanisms linking deforestation and rainfall are complex. On a local scale, deforested areas might experience increased rainfall, but adjacent forests could see reduced overall rainfall in large areas. These changes can impact agriculture, with delayed rainfall and shorter rainy seasons affecting crop yields. By 2100, projected forest loss in the Congo Basin may reduce annual rainfall by 8-10%. However, uncertainties remain due to limited data and understanding of rainfall drivers and interactions in the region. 

David Aled Williams

Principal Adviser (U4) and Senior Researcher (CMI)