'A sharp and well informed argument that shows that Congo’s environmental paradox is also at the heart of the world’s environmental paradox.'
Africa at LSE
'An unusual, fascinating and important book … While there is often a tendency to sensationalize the country, the author takes a more balanced approach, demonstrating deep insight, engagement and knowledge.'
‘Eloquent and richly documented..’
David Booth, Overseas Development Institute
‘A remarkable guide to the tangled relationships between minerals, water and other sectors of the political economy in the Congo. Indispensable reading for humanitarians and human rights advocates, both Congolese and international.’
Tom Turner, author of The Congo Wars: Conflict, Myth and Reality
‘A fascinating read, giving a no-nonsense view of the multitude of problems besetting Congo’s natural resource sectors. The book puts today’s problems into historical perspective and will serve as a reality-check to politicians and activists.’
Daniel Balint-Kurti, Global Witness
'An invaluable contribution. The author's capacity to convey a rich treasure chest of information and acute analytical skills make this a landmark work.'
Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin
‘This should confirm Trefon’s standing as one of the most perceptive observers and analysts of this central African giant.’
Edouard Bustin, Boston University
'Well-written, clearly structured and thoroughly documented, Trefon offers fresh analysis on the gap between resource potential and socio-economic development.'
Jeroen Cuvelier, University of Ghent
'An excellent overview of the major ecological resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo … reading this book is essential for understanding the many environmental paradoxes.'
African Studies Quarterly