© Save Virunga July 07

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #34 Lake Edward’s Fishermen

“Protecting the jobs of the fishermen is extremely important. Fishermen are the bread earners of their fishing villages, of their communities. Poor people are more dependent than the rest of us on Natural resources. A development process that protects the environment is also a development process that takes them into account. That lifts them above […]

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1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #35 Tourism Revival

Le Parc national des Virunga , anciennement appelé Parc national Albert, est un 7800 kilomètres carrés (3000 km ²) parc national qui s’étend des montagnes des Virunga dans le sud, dans les montagnes de Rwenzori dans le Nord , en République démocratique du Congo, en bordure du parc national des volcans au Rwanda et le […]

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Pandora’s Box: SOCO Oil Company ruining for Virunga’s Natural Resources

Virunga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, is Africa’s oldest national park, and home to half the continent’s endangered mountain gorillas. It is one of the world’s great heritage sites with three thousand square miles of precious flora and fauna. Since 2010, the British firm SOCO International has been exploring the region for […]

© Save Virunga 2014 July 14

North-Kivu Civil Society and UNESCO United to Preserve Virunga for Communities and Humanity

On July 11th of this year North-Kivu Civil Society Groups wrote a Memorandum to the Director-General of the UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, reiterating their views against oil exploration in Virunga National park and expressing their deep concerns in front of the possible redrawing of the park boundaries in order to accommodate oil exploration and exploitation […]

(c) Save Virunga June 30

Protecting Virunga Lake Edward’s Blue Potential: a Real Alternative to Oil

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of ten distinguished individuals who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, chairs the Panel and is closely involved in its day-to-day work. This article is an excerpt of the last African Progress Panel’s report, Grain Fish […]

Local source June 26

SOCO ends Seismic Operations in Virunga: Fear Prevails

Following the agreement made between SOCO International and WWF on June 10th to cease all operations of oil exploration in Virunga National Park, on the 21st of June a ceremony was held in Nyakakoma marking the closing of the seismic operations conducted by the oil company  in North Kivu. Different personalities were present during this […]

A polo player from the Soco Internationa June 23

REPOST 2013: What Has SOCO International Plc said about Oil Exploration in Virunga – Top 10…

SOCO is uncertain of what the Virunga National Park landscape looked like when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. However, we are aware of what the area looks like today, scarred by decades of deforestation, poaching and violence against its inhabitants. Despite the efforts and financial investments of some organizations in the […]

Caption Congo's Virunga National Park / Amanda Jones / An 8-month-old baby gorilla takes a look at the camera. June 23

Will our insatiable appetite for energy leave us with a planet bereft of remote places and wild creatures?

Amanda Jones Rich oil reserves in Congo’s Virunga National Park could put mountain gorillas at risk The world’s only gorilla orphanage is in Virunga National Park, Congo A healthy tourism economy could help mountain gorillas in Congo The nearly 2 million acres in the Democratic Republic of Congo encompass some of the world’s most biodiverse […]

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u_aHnTUeMik/TpZ16tYc_TI/AAAAAAAAD2Y/ZauqXFGnDi4/s1600/maathai.jpg June 22

Nobel winner Wangari Maathai: The Connection between Peace, Environment and Women

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai : “The connection between peace and the environment can be explained using the traditional African stool, which has three legs that support the base on which we sit. I believe these three legs are symbolic. One represents good management of our natural resources, equitable distribution of the same, and […]

(c) Lukski: http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=27&with_photo_id=19000584&order=date_desc&user=2574042 June 20

IUCN: ‘No’ to extractives in Unesco World Heritage – Virunga

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage 19 June 2014 | News story Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s […]

© Lukski - http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19000511 June 16

June 17, 38th Session World Heritage Committee: Virunga’s Next Battlefield

The 38th session of the World Heritage Committee threatens to become the next major battle for Virunga’s survival. As DRC Member of the parliament, Francois Nzekuye explains the oil company SOCO has only committed to wait for drilling in Virunga until the UNESCO and the DRC government agree that such activities are not incompatible with its […]

(c): SaveVirunga 2014 June 16

No Victory for Virunga: Park boundaries could be redrawn to accommodate Oil Exploration

DR-Congo’s member of the parliament interview sheds even more light over why SOCO’s chairman Rui de Sousa said a few days ago at the company’s AGM : “We have not pulled out – it’s not the point” Francois Nzekuye: “We can then ask for the declassification of part of Virunga National Park” “Nobody has lost, nobody has […]

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