Building and Benefiting from a Green Economy in Virunga

This article is a synthesis and specific interpretation of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report on the transition to Green Economies in Africa and shows how green economy investments in Virunga can also benefit employment, poverty reduction and the sustainable use and management of natural resources in DR-Congo. Building Inclusive Green Economies in Africa showcases… Read More

De Merode and the Tireless Fight of Those who Believe in the Future of the Virunga

An interview between Belgian Prince Emmanuel de Merode and Alec Hogg at the World Economic Forum quintessentially sums up the spirit of Davos and exactly what the forum is trying to achieve. Prince Emmanuel’s tale pulls at the heart-strings for many reasons as it informs us about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and… Read More

New Year’s resolution for oil and gas industry: make World Heritage Site Virunga no-go area

Oil industry should pledge to avoid World Heritage Sites, article by  Chris Tomlinson Houston Chronicle columnist. A park ranger stands near an elephant in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct. 10, 2014. Environmentalists have been fighting to keep a British oil company from drilling in Virunga, Africa´s oldest national park. (Uriel Sinai/The New… Read More

IUCN: Natural World Heritages like Virunga play life-supporting rol in Economy and Communities

New study by IUCN released at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress shows life-supporting role of Natural Heritages. Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being.  The report highlights the economic benefits and cost-effectiveness of preserving the exceptional World Heritage… Read More

Exploitation of Non-Renewable Resources Key Driver of Conflict: Virunga is the Solution

The exploitation of natural resources has proven to be a major driver of conflict in DRC and the Great Lakes region. Oil exploration in Virunga has followed the same track with a poor local engagement, the total exclusion of communities from decision making and the criminalization of local protests against oil.  In light of the… Read More

SOCO’s ‘Withdrawal’ from Virunga: An Investor’s View

Q) When are conservationists and asset managers ever on the same side? A) More often than you’d think For some, the announcement on 11 June 2014 that SOCO International, a UK-listed oil and gas company, would not drill in the Virunga National Park – a designated world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Monbiot: Drilling in Virunga does not end our hunger for resources, it exacerbates it!

The Impossibility of Growth: Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th May 2014 Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big… Read More

Pressure mounts to save Africa’s Eden from drillers: Virunga vs. SOCO

New Scientist by Andy Coghlan For years an oil company has been planning to drill in one of Africa’s key national parks. Now conservation and heritage organisations are joining forces in a bid to stop them. In the aftermath of a brutal civil war, a majestic natural landscape teeming with exotic wildlife is being threatened by… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More