Exploitation du Pétrole dans le Parc des Virunga: Etes-vous de quels camps ?

Le dossier de l’exploitation du pétrole dans le bloc V du Rift Albertin je le considere comme un match final de footbal opposant d’une part le gouvernement avec ses alliés les pétroliers et d’autres part la communauté locale dépendante des ressources naturelles inépuisables avec leurs alliées les Organisations de la protection de l’environnement et de… Read More

Beautiful Congo, Unique Virunga: A Story with a Human Face

Discover Virunga and DR-Congo like you never did.  Follow the story of the people living in and around Virunga National Park through the lens of Spanish Photographer and Filmmaker: Ramón Sánchez Orense IN Virunga in 35 mm For more work from R. Sanchez Orense HERE

“Beauté Congo” an Art Testimony of DR-Congo’s Rich Natural Heritage #Virunga

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) used to bring to mind images of civil war and conflict. Lately, the country is conjuring another image: that of trendsetters. The sapeur fashion movement has inspired designers from around the world, including, most recently, British designer Paul Smith, and homegrown musicians, like Papa Wemba and Koffi Olomide, have… 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

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #36 “We say to Soco: No”

“As she serves us a dinner of Lake Edward tilapia—grilled with onions and cassava leaves, and accompanied by fried potatoes and extra pili pili sauce—she delivers an assessment of Soco that most residents of the area would agree with. A future of oil, she fears, will destroy Lake Edward’s fish and pollute the local land and water,… Read More

Steps to Take in order to Help Local Communities in Virunga: Take Action

Local communities in Congo are too often left out of decision making and most certainly when it comes to natural resources. This region has a long history of violations of political, social, economic and environmental rights and is one of the most visible examples of the so-called “natural resources curse”, contributing to the destruction of local… Read More

Women Empowerment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in Virunga

The fisheries of Lake Edward in Virunga National Park make a substantial contribution to poverty reduction and sustainable economic growth within Eastern DRC. Over 50.000 people are supported by the fisheries; it creates jobs, provides an important supply of affordable protein to the Kivu’s, and makes a significant contribution to food security in the Congo.… Read More

Storytelling to Save Virunga: How Ordinary People are Affecting Extraordinary Change

By Robert Redford (Actor, director and Environmental Activist) The art of storytelling is at our core. It’s the lifeblood of how we communicate and how we decide what deserves our attention and what we are content to ignore as a passing fad. We’ve accomplished storytelling on the silver screen and the latest Internet meme, but… Read More

In support of Virunga Frontline Defenders and World Elephant Day

Virunga National Park is facing several threats despite the efforts from rangers and local conservationists to protect its resources. One of its resources are elephants which inhabit different ecosystems of the park from the forested areas to the savanna areas. Elephants in Virunga are also victims of the illegal ivory trade and many have been… Read More

Who wants to turn Virunga National Park into an oil drilling site?

Insightful and excellent article of DRC blogger Chantal Faida Mulenga – Byuma. Her blog can be consulted at http://chantalfaida.blogspot.fr. Chantal reflects on the green potential of Virunga, the promises made, the position of local communities as well as of DRC government, and what will be the future of the park. Unofficial translation. — Established in… Read More

Virunga’s Future: The Congolese Park is at a Crossroads…

Video: ecotourism provides alternative to oil exploration in Virunga Virunga National Park in DR Congo is at a crossroads: should the Congolese people choose to invest in sustainable development, or in oil exploration? In a newly launched video, produced by IUCN NL, local communities and park management weigh the pros and cons.   . Emmanuel… Read More

CS Insecurity and Threats: Time to Join the Movement and Protect Virunga’s Defenders

CIVIL SOCIETY INSECURITY & THREATS TIME TO JOINT THE MOVEMENT  AND PROTECT VIRUNGA DEFENDERS Since  the beginning of SOCO’s exploration operations in Virunga National Park, Environmental and Human Rights defenders fighting for the survival of the park and the respect of community rights have been target of intimidations and threats. Across DRC and the Great… Read More