This open Declaration of the Civil Society of North Kivu came as reaction to the Workshop held in the city of Goma that brought together representatives of Governments and Parliament from Kinshasa , the authorities of the province of North Kivu , the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and the civil Society of North Kivu . On the agenda was “Oil exploitation in protected areas in the DRC, the case of Virunga National Park”.
Through the meeting of 31 January 2014 , it appeared that Congolese authorities wanted to show the world that they consult with communities and local partners involved in the process. But faced with the intransigence of the latter, the government sharpened its claws and unilaterally announced that it has chosen to transform the country’s natural resources into wealth : the case of oil.
The reaction of Civil society was clear: they disapprove the launch of the seismic operation by SOCO International in Virunga National Park and are not convinced by DRC Government’s arguments.