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CS Insecurity and Threats: Time to Join the Movement and Protect Virunga’s Defenders

CIVIL SOCIETY INSECURITY & THREATS TIME TO JOINT THE MOVEMENT  AND PROTECT VIRUNGA DEFENDERS Since  the beginning of SOCO’s exploration operations in Virunga National Park, Environmental and Human Rights defenders fighting for the survival of the park and the respect of community rights have been target of intimidations and threats. Across DRC and the Great […]

AT1 February 01

Virunga: Chronicle of a Betrayal Foretold

Unofficial translation of the excellent article of DRC blogger Jean-Baptiste Badesire: A  reflection on oil exploration and exploitation in Virunga National Park, and how the Congolese authorities choose the easy money at the expense of the sustainable development and social peace in North Kivu. READ HERE THE (ORIGINAL) FRENCH VERSION This Friday, January 31, 2014 […]

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July 15th, BREAKING NEWS: New cases of intimidation and arrests of local community leaders opposing oil exploration in Virunga NP

Local engagement program of SOCO International targeting the fisheries of Lake Edward: some individuals of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) identified, local populations taken hostage. Local civil society organizations working on conservation and protection of the Environment and Human Rights (CREF Network CREDDHO, IDPE, SOPR) condemn in the strongest manner […]

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Message 2 – Oil in North Kivu: The Fear of Oil

Oil in North Kivu Oil exploration forms a serious threat to the oldest and most precious nature reserve in Africa: the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Local communities, conservationists and human rights organizations oppose the search for oil; according to both national and international laws it is illegal to search for […]

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“We will not stop facing down those who seek to destroy Virunga until our last drop of blood is spilled”

No more words needed. Many local defenders have been alerting the world of the dangers community members and themselves are facing when fighting for Virunga and the sustainable development option. They are often putting their lives, their staff and their organizations at risk. Virunga cannot survive without them, without their voice and courage. We wish […]

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7# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: North Kivu Civil Society response to Mbayma’s Threats

IN 2013 North Kivu Civil Society response to Mbayma’s Threats 12-03-2014 North Kivu Civil Society official response to the letter of Guy Mbayama, urging DRC and ICCN’s authorities to remember that Civil society actors in North Kivu have the primary duty to defend and promote, at all times and everywhere, the rights of citizens in […]

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6# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: When Local Communities SAY NO, SOCO Increases the Pressure

IN 2013 When local communities say NO, SOCO increases the Pressure 08-03-2014 Press Release of Civil society on SOCO’s oil exploration and exploitation in the Virunga National Park. When local communities say NO, SOCO International seeks the reinforce the credibility of the project by the dividing and manipulating the actors. Environmental non-governmental organizations of the […]

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5# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Local NGOs Urgent Appeal

IN 2013 North Kivu Civil Society reaction / Urgent Appeal 09-02-2014 As a reaction to the unfounded accusations and in response to Mr Guy Mbayma’s letter, civil society actors wrote an urgent appeal against the threats to environmental defenders in North Kivu. They fear that their members on the ground and in Goma suffer death […]

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4# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Threats against CS actors coming from G. Mbayma

IN 2013 January 2014 – but dated 31-10-2013 On 31st October 2013, the Director of Science and technology at the ICCN, Mr. Guy Mbayima, addressed an unnumbered letter to the General Director of the ICCN after the workshop that was held in Goma on the 31st of January 2014, threatening local civil society opposing oil […]

VA1 April 08

YES to Virunga Alliance : The Official Launch

Launch of Virunga Alliance Born of a Congolese commitment to the protection of Virunga National Park, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources for four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders. The Vision for Virunga in 2025 The source […]

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3# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Open letter to the General Director of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature

Open letter the General Director of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) 15-11-2013 On the 27th of December 2013, SOCO was pleased to announce that “ICCN, the organisation that manages the Virunga National Park, has reported to SOCO that it has received widespread support for SOCO’s activities on Block V in eastern DRC.”1 The […]

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1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Dreams, Kids and Gorillas #31

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga Kids, Gorillas and Art – Creativity

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2# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Statement against SOCO’s engagement program in Virunga

IN 2013 24-07-2013 In this open petition to the DRC Government local civil society in North Kivu speaks out against the local engagement program of SOCO International targeting the fisheries of Lake Edward. Local civil society organizations working on conservation and protection of the Environment and Human Rights (CREF Network CREDDHO, IDPE, SOPR) condemn in […]

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1# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Local NGO urges SOCO to Investigate Death Threats

IN 2012 On the 19th of October 2012, SOCO’s communications liaison officer sent a letter to a number of Congolese organizations, including some of the environmental activists who have been receiving death threats since February 2011. The letter below is a response from Alphonse Muhindo, Director of Réseau CREF, one of the 4 activists that […]

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Virunga’s Future: The Congolese Park is at a Crossroads…

Video: ecotourism provides alternative to oil exploration in Virunga Virunga National Park in DR Congo is at a crossroads: should the Congolese people choose to invest in sustainable development, or in oil exploration? In a newly launched video, produced by IUCN NL, local communities and park management weigh the pros and cons.   . Emmanuel […]

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