Global Witness welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on the protection of the Virunga

Africa’s oldest and most bio-diverse national park – under threat from oil. Global Witness welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on the protection of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which calls for EU Member States to help prevent oil activities in the Park and neighbouring areas. It also calls on… Read More

Our Virunga: Driver of Peace and Prosperity in DR-Congo

See how Virunga Alliance is directly benefiting Congolese communities and becoming a major driver of peace & prosperity in the region. This short video shows the Economic, Social and Transformative potential of a UNESCO World Heritage site such as Virunga National Park and what it means for local communities and from the development perspective of sustainable solutions… Read More

SOCO Gives up Oil Licence, DRC Time to Build and Benefit from a Green Economy in Virunga

Green Economy as a cornerstone of national development In a world of increasing environmental scarcities, economic uncertainty and widespread poverty, African leaders and countries across the continent have been undertaking policy reforms and promoting green investments aimed at addressing poverty and hunger, climate change and natural resource degradation, while simultaneously providing new and sustainable pathways… Read More

From Doctrine to Action: Time to Save Virunga and all These Other Irreplaceable Places

Since the publication of Pope Francis’ ” Laudato Si’ ” many have given their views on the Pope’s Encyclical letter on the care of the ‘common house’. Some call it the most “astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years, since it is addressed not just to Catholics, or Christians, but to… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Sustainable Energy #38

Sustainable Economic Development through Virunga Renewable Energy: Employment, Industry and Stability More to Read Here: 100 Mégawatts de l’Union Européenne grâce au parc national des Virunga L’ambassadeur Michel DUMOND l’a annoncé à Goma après sa rencontre vespérale avec le gouverneur Julien PALUKU le 21 juillet 2015 à l’hôtel IHUSI. En effet, c’est un projet à long… Read More

Diamonds and Oil are not Forever: African Knowledge is the Answer

A must read article about what it entails to create a transformative and sustainable prosperity in Africa, and to keep places like Virunga forever. African governments need to switch from a predominant extractive economic model to a people and human knowledge orientated development pathway. Digging for oil and minerals not only shatters pristine environments and… Read More

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