Key Message from Congo’s Park’s Rangers During the Ceremony to Commemorate the Fallen Rangers Killed in Virunga

KEY MESSAGE FROM CONGO PARK’S RANGERS ON THE SIDELINE OF THE CEREMONY TO COMMEMORATE THE FALLEN RANGERS KILLED DURING THE EXERCISE OF THEIR FUNCTIONS TO PROTECT THE PHYSICAL INTEGRITY OF VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK AND ITS BIODIVERSITY Madam, State Secretary in charge of Conservation and Environment, Mr. Ambassador of the United States in the DRC, On… Read More

2021 Highlights: The Ugly Truth About EACOP and IUCN

“IUCN recognises that extractives industries can be significant contributors to the global economy”. Maybe we made a mistake about the postal address and sent our letter to the World Bank instead of to the International Union in charge of Conservation of Nature? Many conservation organizations have adopted corporate friendly practices with the oil and gas industry, signing MoUs, developing frameworks for engaging… Read More

Hundreds of NGOs sign open letter calling to halt “illegal activities” in DRC’s protected areas: Virunga, Upemba, RFO …

Over 200 Congolese and international NGOs have signed a widely circulated open letter ahead of COP26 calling on the DRC government to crack down on “illegal activities” in protected areas. The planned construction of a hydroelectric plant in Upemba National Park to supply electricity to mining companies is feared to pose a threat to the… Read More

Global Call: Stop all Illegal Activities in Protected Areas in DR-Congo

Ahead of COP26, 234 Congolese and International organizations call on the Head of State of the Democratic Republic of Congo to put an end to the illegal exploitation of protected areas. The Group of Civil Society NGOs working for the protection of the environment in DRC, ROPE, and supported by 43 international civil society organizations,… Read More

A Critical Review of the Last UNESCO World Heritage Committee Meeting

by Stephan Doempke[1] Over the past two weeks, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee came together for its annual meeting. Since it had been cancelled last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, parts of last year had to be made up, which is why the conference was extended from 10 to 14 days. At the same time,… Read More

World Heritage and Protected Area Forever?

Eighty five percent of wetlands have disappeared, and critical tropical forests continue to burn. Humanity is pushing against the planet’s boundaries. But there are fewer and fewer places left to go. Some of the few, undeveloped places left in the world are those located within internationally recognized areas, such as World Heritage, Ramsar, Biosphere Reserves, among… Read More

East African Crude Oil Pipeline and Protected Areas: StopEACOP!

Impacted Protected Areas The oil pipeline would directly or indirectly impact the following areas: Burigi-Biharamulo Game Reserves Recognized as an IUCN Cat IV site in Tanzania. Spanning approximately 350,000 hectares, the Burigi-Biharamulo. Game Reserves comprise of two separate reserves that are managed as a single unit. It lies within the Lake Victoria Basin, and is… Read More

Fake bird murder exposes true horrors of TotalEnergies in East Africa

Shocking “fake publicity stunt” shames oil giant for real deadly pipeline September 14, 2021 PARIS — On Monday, before a chic ballroom full of journalists and business leaders, representatives from supermajor oil company TotalEnergies unveiled RéHabitat, a “habitat-equivalency” conservation program that would rescue animals living along the route of their impending giant East African Crude Oil Pipeline… Read More

BREAKING: IUCN Should Make a Public Statement On Tilenga / Kingfisher / EACOP Oil Projects

Monsieur Bruno Oberlé , IUCN Directeur général,  Dear Dr. Bruno Oberlé,  We are respectfully writing to you to call your attention to a grave situation that requires urgent action in order to avoid further preventable damage to our Common Home.  We are seeking your support to help stop the massive Lake Albert oil project in Uganda and… Read More

SAY NO to Illegal Mining Exploitation in Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Position of Group of civil society NGOs working for the protection of the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo to KIMIA Mining; a Chinese company and illegal mining exploitation in protected area (Okapi Wildlife Reserve (RFO) a UNESCO world heritage site. TO ACT IN FAVOR OF A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT JUSTICE, RESPECTFUL OF THE LEGAL TEXTS… Read More