Save Virunga brings out the power of local communities and conveys their messages to protect the most precious nature reserve in Africa and preserve the integrity of its ecosystems for future generations. It all started with the need to bring the local voice to the general public on the developments related to oil exploration in Virunga National Park, including Lake Edward, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This website offered first access to background materials and news items for different groups of users: journalists, professionals from the international development, human rights and conservation communities, as well as the general public. Today this repository has been evolving and expanding to accommodate more the voice and actions of local communities on the ground.
Local Communities in North Kivu and Congolese Citizens at large have the right to peace and development; they have the right to keep future generations of the negative consequences that may arise from any project that does not meet the national and international norms and standards for the sustainable management of natural resources. The exploitation of these resources must respond both to the principles of economic, social and ecological sustainability.
Save Virunga Disclaimer
The posting of news, stories, commentaries, reports, documents and links (embedded or otherwise) on this website does not in any way, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest that Save Virunga represents one specific party. Save Virunga is an independent initiative, not part of any international organization or campaign. Save Virunga is not represented by international organizations, campaigners or Virunga National Park.
Save Virunga represents multiple opinions, perspectives and viewpoints of organizations. First and foremost, Save Virunga gives a voice to local communities who depend on the survival of Virunga for their livelihoods. We believe that the local voice needs to remain local and that communities and civil society have a say in the decision and future of Virunga.
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We believe Virunga National Park should be a place where no extractive industry and pollution occurs, a place where people develop sustainable livelihoods based on healthy and intact ecosystems.