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

SERIES Park and Species Endangered: Virunga, Sundarbans, Manu, Sierra Divisor….

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of infrastructure and industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. SERIES Park and Species Endangered

Virunga Congratulates The Water Protectors Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – NoDAPL

Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement Cannon Ball, N.D.— The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. “Today, the U.S.… Read More

Reasons Why we Should be Avoiding New Oil Exploration Frontiers: Virunga

Even though the planet is experiencing a climate crisis, the oil industry is expanding to new frontiers, with the majority of such frontiers being mature forests or very sensitive areas.  Currently the world’s oil reserves are 800 billion barrels. If these reserves are burned, more than 320 billion tons of additional co2 would be produced,… Read More

Water is Life: Virunga’s Lake Edward Should Receive the Same Protection as the Mountain Gorillas

When protecting Virunga much focus has been put on its immense biodiversity and on being the home to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Virunga was established in 1925 as Africa’s very first national park but is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Site. Virunga’s Lake Edward lies completely within Virunga National… Read More

Great Lakes NGOs call on Uganda and DRC Presidents to Stop Oil Projects in Protected Areas in Greater Virunga

Global Rights Alert and 28 of her partners have written to Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo calling on the two leaders to stop any planned oil projects on Lake Edward. The 2,325 square kilometre lake located in the Albertine Rift Valley is shared by both countries. GRA wants Presidents Museveni and… Read More

Presidents Museveni and Kabila meet in Uganda: Have oil permits granted within Virunga Greater Landscape been cancelled?

On the 4th of August Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila held a one-day summit in Uganda. During the summit the media reports that both presidents agreed on: “matters of security, electricity extension to the DRC, petroleum, oil pipeline, bridge and border survey. The summit agreed that during the oil exploration period… Read More

Reasons Why we Should be Avoiding New Oil Exploration Frontiers: Virunga

Even though the planet is experiencing a climate crisis, the oil industry is expanding to new frontiers, with the majority of such frontiers being mature forests or very sensitive areas.  Currently the world’s oil reserves are 800 billion barrels. If these reserves are burned, more than 320 billion tons of additional co2 would be produced,… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Let us not Take this Planet for Granted!

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous… 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

SOCO Gives up Oil Licence, DRC Time to Build and Benefit from a Green Economy in Virunga

Green Economy as a cornerstone of national development In a world of increasing environmental scarcities, economic uncertainty and widespread poverty, African leaders and countries across the continent have been undertaking policy reforms and promoting green investments aimed at addressing poverty and hunger, climate change and natural resource degradation, while simultaneously providing new and sustainable pathways… Read More

Oil Exploration in Virunga: a Fisherman’s tale, in which team are you?

Oil exploitation in Virunga’s block V is similar to the final of an important soccer game between the government with its petroleum allies, and the local communities that depend on inexhaustible natural resources and their supporters, civil society organizations working on the protection of the environment. Both teams have been trained to use the legal instruments that are at… Read More