1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Congo’s Heritage

“The Congo is a land far away, yet our histories are so closely linked. We have thrived from a lopsided relationship, yet we are utterly blind to it. The price of that myopia has been human suffering on an unimaginable scale.” Dan Snow

Drilling Africa’s Great Lakes: No Virunga and No Planet B

Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped up by exploration companies but what of East Africa’s enormous great lakes? With exploration well underway in Lake Albert and plans laid down for Lake Malawi, Philip Kleinfeld looks at the social, political and environmental challenges. Lake Albert Uganda Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped… Read More

Two Dedicated Rangers have been Murdered: Honor their Memory and Support Virunga National Park

Herebelow Virunga National Park‘s last message on the death of two of their Rangers:  Remembering the Rangers Mulonga and Mumbere Rangers Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega and Venant Mumbere Muvesevese died doing everything in their power to protect the park. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice. Were it not for brave men and women like them, Virunga National Park… Read More

Berta Vive! An Extraordinary Leader Murdered. Her Fight Will Never Die. We call for Justice.

An extraordinary leader has been murdered. To save this planet we need extraordinary leaders…. Many of them are not known to you and to the rest of the world, and probably they never will be. Why? “It costs us in blood” BUT THEY ARE HERE, fighting each day for a world where environmental and human… Read More

Virunga: To Defend the Environment, We must Defend Human Rights

Friends of the Earth International The neoliberal model of ‘development’ is ravaging nature and pitting communities and eco-defenders against powerful corporations and colluding police and military forces. The violence must stop! Around the world, activists and communities are raising their voices to stop environmental devastation and promote the possibility of another world, where nature is… Read More

Ahead of COP21: Conservation Alone is not Enough for Virunga

Ahead of the COP21 , this was in 2007, Dr Richard Leakey argued that conservation alone could not save threatened species such as the mountain gorilla. He called for action on humans’ needs as well, and the fight against global warming. JULY 2007 “Millions of people were horrified by the recent slaughter of mountain gorillas that dominated… Read More

How do we keep Virunga Safe? Listen to Communities and Avoid Manipulations

Keeping the Focus During the past week much attention went to the renewed danger to Virunga National Park coming from oil exploitation.  The DRC government officially announced presence of oil in Block V and an oil bidding process in Uganda was opened in a block that not only borders Virunga National park but also includes the Ugandan… Read More

JUN 2015: Global Witness: UK Oil Company Bankrolled Soldiers Accused of Bribery and Violence Against Oil Opponents

AGM scandal for British company at centre of Leonardo DiCaprio-backed Oscar-nominated film. Cheques and receipts revealed by Global Witness show oil company Soco International paid over $40,000 in just two weeks to Congolese military officer accused of bribery and violence. Officer and his soldiers implicated in bribing, intimidating and even killing Soco opponents. Company dogged… Read More

A Message to Shareholders Willing to Finance Oil Exploitation in Virunga – DRC

MSF-Photo: Colin Delfosse – A resident of Rubaya camp in Masisi, North Kivu, looks out over the makeshift tents.  When investing in Oil be aware that you are also contributing: 1. To finance massacres, conflicts and inter-ethnic wars, low intensity warfare originated in the oil exploitation; 2. To expel populations from oil areas (from families… Read More

Congolese People Fight for the Survival of Virunga: A Local Perspective

“Oil: the fossil fuel responsible for the dispute over Virunga National Park in Congo” By Jakub Szweda Congolese people fight for their stability and food security after prospecting search for oil by a British company.  SOCO International, in 2007, has signed a production-sharing contract for Block 5 Albertine Grahen, permitting them to enter over a half of… Read More

IPhones, Gorillas and Oil: How can Congolese benefit from Virunga?

Excellent article of Jake Flanagin (@JakeFlanagin):  A  reflection on how  your fair trade iPhone won’t save the Congo, but going on safari might… Your iPhone is, first and foremost, a phone. It is also an Internet browser, a personal calendar, a memo pad, an MP3 player, a gaming console, a weather forecaster, and much more.… 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