Message 2 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Vitshumbi


In March 2012, the fishery communities of Lake Edward expressed their opposition to any oil exploration or exploitation in Virunga National Park. They are well aware of the consequences of natural resource exploitation. They are at the basis of the fragile government and current conflicts in the eastern DRC. Communities ask the DRC Government among other things to respect the national and international laws that direct the environment(al) issues; to revise the contract signed between DRC Government  and SOCO for the exploration and exploitation in Block V and let local communities participate in this revision process.