Virunga Human Rights Day: We Stand up for our Rights and the Right of a Healthy Environment

“I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. We must never forget that it is our duty to protect this environment.” — Nelson Mandela. On December 10th  we commemorate  Human Rights Day, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This… Read More

Capitalism is Killing the World’s Wildlife Populations and Places like Virunga, not ‘humanity’

The latest Living Planet report from the WWF makes for grim reading: a 60% decline in wild animal populations since 1970, collapsing ecosystems, and a distinct possibility that the human species will not be far behind. The report repeatedly stresses that humanity’s consumption is to blame for this mass extinction, and journalists have been quick… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: More Gorilla Days

September 24 marks World Gorilla Day, when humanity celebrates one of its closest relatives, sharing 98 percent of our DNA as we do, plus we also have a common ancestor that lived not too long ago in evolutionary terms, around 10 million years ago. All species of gorillas are critically endangered according to the Red… Read More

“Greening” Human Rights for Virunga and for the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

The relationship between human rights and the environment has evolved rapidly over the past five decades, and even more so over the past five years. The greening of well-established human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, housing, culture, development, property and home and private life, has contributed to improvements in the health… Read More

Women for Virunga: “We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk”

“We humans are only part of the ecosystem and if we kill part of the system we are killing ourselves, that is what we need to understand, that this ecosystem must remain as it is, it must be sustained, because in its survival depends our own” – Wangari Maathai Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) was the founder… Read More

Dites au Gouvernement Congolais et à CITES de ne pas Exporter les Gorilles et la Faune des Virunga en Chine

De nombreuses espèces d’animaux sauvages hautement protégés / en danger seront bientôt expédiées en Chine depuis la République Démocratique du Congo. Il s’agit de 12 gorilles (Gorilla beringei beringei), de 16 Bonobos, de 16 chimpanzés, de 8 lamantins et de 20 okapis. (Pour les deux zoos * Rectification ) LES ESPECES Gorille beringei beringei: Danger Critique… Read More

Stop CITES and Congolese Government from Exporting Virunga Gorillas and Wildlife to China

Multiple species of highly protected/endangered wildlife will be shipped to China soon from the DR-Congo. These include six gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), eight Bonobos, eight chimpanzees, four manatees, and ten Okapis per zoo. Two zoos = double the number 12 gorillas 16 bonobos 16 chimpanzees 8 manatees 20 Okapis THE SPECIES Gorilla beringei beringei: Critically… Read More

Why is Effective Environmental Protection and the Rule of Law Important to Preserve Virunga?

Strengthening the rule of law is critical to protecting environmental, social, and cultural values and to achieving ecologically sustainable development.  Without the environmental rule of law and the enforcement of legal rights and obligations, environmental governance, conservation, and protection may be arbitrary, subjective, and unpredictable.  The environmental rule of law and robust institutions are essential… Read More

Virunga: Preserving Africa’s National Parks through People-Centred Development

Home to rare and endangered species, the Congo’s national parks are also sites of human conflict. Without addressing the material drivers behind ecological degradation, conservation risks a losing battle. For Virunga, this was not an option– as Africa’s oldest national park, tackling socio-economic challenges facing local populations was a necessity in preserving its natural heritage.… Read More

Get Inspired with what Really Matters: Peace and Nature, Next Generation for Virunga

Peace and Nature – Exhibiting and awarding children’s artwork On the 20th anniversary of the Peace Pals Artworks Exhibition, CEC celebrated that #NatureForAll was chosen for the theme of the artworks and that 4000 entries arrived in this topic.  The colourful vision of nature visualized by children is remarkable, and the emotional and meaningful connection to… Read More

Good News for Virunga: UN moves towards Recognising Human Right to a Healthy Environment

Formal recognition would help protect those who increasingly risk their lives to defend the land, water, forests and wildlife, says the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. By Jonathan Watts Global environment editor It is time for the United Nations to formally recognise the right to a healthy environment, according to the… Read More

Virunga: African Heritage and its Sustainable Development

The subject of African heritage and its sustainable development – or African heritage and sustainable development – has become one of the most discussed issues of late, both within and outside the continent. The discussion has not been confined only to heritage practitioners but has traversed the traditional boundaries, bringing in the practitioners, academicians, communities,… Read More