Safeguarding Virunga and Promoting the Realization of Human Rights Obligations go Hand-in-Hand

Read here the conclusions and recommendations from the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. In this report the Special Rapporteur, John H. Knox, describes the importance of ecosystem services and biodiversity for the full enjoyment of human rights and… Read More

WARNING: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court v. Mr. X for Opening Oil Exploration in the Greater Virunga Landscape

Be warned. Since the 15th of September of 2016 the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague will start prosecuting people, such as company executives and politicians that commit crimes against the environment. Environmental crimes such as environmental destruction, pollution of water sources, illegal exploitation of natural resources and land grabbing will now be considered… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access vs. Water is Life #NoDakotaAccessPipeline

BREAKING Tuesday 24th of January Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines “President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. He also signed an executive order to expedite environmental reviews… Read More

Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? National parks must be for people, plants, wildlife – not Big Oil

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last year it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples – as… 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

Now is not the time to think of the future of the extractive industries, but the future of people and the planet!

Two months have passed since COP21 and one could ask himself how much has the world listened? On January 2016 Norway is still offering new Artic oil leases and on February 2016 Total announced it will be conducting seismic activities in Block III, while one-third of Block III is located inside Virunga National Park.  Today more than ever is not the time to… 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

Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? Making a Deal for Virunga?

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last week it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples –… Read More

Virunga at Risk: A New Humanitarian Disaster in the Making?

A Humanitarian Disaster in the Making Along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline — Who’s Watching? By Brendan Schwartz, Valery Nodem . The discovery of oil in Chad was supposed to allieviate poverty and human suffering, but it’s only enriched Western Oil companies and the local dictators. December 1, 2009  | In 2000 Big Oil, the World… 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