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

Women, Natural Resources and Peacebuilding in Virunga

In “Women Empowerment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in Virunga”  we have seen how  important Lake Edward is for the empowerment and emancipation of women in the Great Lakes region. In this article based on the excerpt of the UN report on  Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the PeaceBuilding Potential we focus on the relationship between women and natural resources in… Read More

Protecting Virunga, Livelihood Security and Conflict Prevention

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai speaks on the relationship between scarce natural resources and global conflict. The following insight from the platform for exchange on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) highlights the importance of nature protection in securing vital livelihoods and supporting the reduction of conflicts. One more piece of evidence that protecting Virunga and its vital ecosystems will contribute to livelihood… Read More

Save Virunga: Is Virunga Saved?

“Virunga National Park’s conservationists and activists are celebrating a victory today after British oil company SOCO International plc (SOCO) agreed to end its controversial operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But the devil is in the details and many believe the war against drilling for oil in Africa’s oldest national park has just… Read More

4 June HRW: DR-Congo Investigate Attacks On Virunga Oil Project Critics – They Need Protection

(Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should fully and impartially investigate threats and violence against Virunga National Park rangers and local activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should examine whether the incidents are linked to plans to explore for oil within and near Virunga Park by SOCO International, a British oil company operating in… Read More

Virunga Movie: Is the incredible true story of a group of brave people…

VIRUNGA IS THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF A GROUP OF BRAVE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE IN A PART OF AFRICA THE WORLD HAS FORGOTTEN AND A GRIPPING EXPOSE OF THE REALITIES OF LIFE IN THE CONGO. In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the… Read More

“We will not stop facing down those who seek to destroy Virunga until our last drop of blood is spilled”

No more words needed. Many local defenders have been alerting the world of the dangers community members and themselves are facing when fighting for Virunga and the sustainable development option. They are often putting their lives, their staff and their organizations at risk. Virunga cannot survive without them, without their voice and courage. We wish… Read More

Gorillas in Congo are in Danger: Oil exploration in Virunga

Instead of the hoped tourists, now the oil industry is moving in and stating that their positive effects would easily balance minor environmental damages… Unofficial translation of the German article Die Zeit “Der große Ausverkauf des Virunga-Nationalparks” By Jonas Schaible Although the Democratic Republic of Congo through the last two decades has had to mourn… Read More

UK Government set to examine Soco’s activities in Virunga National Park

14 February 2014 The UK Government is set to examine the activities of Soco, a London-based oil company, over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in a protected African World Heritage Site. It was announced today that a complaint filed by WWF has been accepted, and issues related to respect for human… Read More