The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the highest number of species for almost all groups of organisms with the exception of plants, in which it is second only to South Africa. The DRC also harbours a number of spectacular endemic species like the okapi, Grauer's gorilla, bonobo and Congo peacock. It possesses over 50% of Africa's tropical forests. The Congo rainforest is known for its high levels of biodiversity, including more than 600 tree species and 10,000 animal species. Some of its most famous residents include forest elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, okapi, leopards, hippos, and lions. Animals in the Kahuzi Biega National Park, do not communicate with those in the Itombwe national reserve. Thus, this project aims to create a forest corridor that will link the two national reserves by planting local trees on a large scale and transforming bare places and mountains of the Mitumba range into forests. The project will lease land, will plant and conserve local trees which not only will create a forest corridor, but also will combat soil erosion and climate change. In addition to maintaining the local climate and absorbing CO2, the planted trees will restore animal habitat and biodiversity, increase rainfall and agricultural production.