Virunga and Africa: Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions Continue Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn

Human well-being at risk. Landmark reports highlight options to protect and restore nature and its vital contributions to people Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: David Attenborough, It’s time We Humans Came to our Senses

From the plastic age, to the tripling of our population and the destruction of the natural world, David Attenborough has seen it all, and issues a call to arms. By David Attenborough It’s very important that young people are involved because young people are going to inherit this place – it’s their world that we’re… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Inherit the Dust – African Wildlife Roaming Their Lost Habitat

It’s not just the animals that are the victims of environmental degradation and devastation, but humans also… But not all is doom and gloom. Once up a time, we in the West had these animals where we lived. We blew it, wiped them out, but we still have a chance to protect and preserve the… Read More

Diamonds and Oil are not Forever: African Knowledge is the Answer

A must read article about what it entails to create a transformative and sustainable prosperity in Africa, and to keep places like Virunga forever. African governments need to switch from a predominant extractive economic model to a people and human knowledge orientated development pathway. Digging for oil and minerals not only shatters pristine environments and… Read More

Oil in Virunga: A Violence Done Against its People

Africa gives the image of a continent with a growing marginalization in the world trade markets; with the exception of the exploitation of some mineral resources such as: bauxite, uranium, gold and most notably oil. Today, the oil wealth feeds states like Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, Gabon, Congo, and Cameroon. In other states, Sudan, Mali, Chad,… Read More

What Congolese are doing for Virunga

What Africans are doing for Africa, what Congolese are doing for Virunga is a story that too often is forgotten behind the headlines and stories conveyed in the West, behind our own stereotypes and fears to lose control over the African continent. To think that our voice and story is more meaningful and trustworthy than… Read More

Nobel winner Wangari Maathai: The Connection between Peace, Environment and Women

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai : “The connection between peace and the environment can be explained using the traditional African stool, which has three legs that support the base on which we sit. I believe these three legs are symbolic. One represents good management of our natural resources, equitable distribution of the same, and… Read More

Economics by Other Means: War, Poverty, and Conflict Minerals in Africa – Virunga

With support from Moscow, Washington, and the former imperial capitals no longer assured, armed groups in Africa now compete for riches in diamond mines, gold pits, oil wells, and rare earth deposits. By Kwei Quartey, November 27, 2013 Throughout the postcolonial period, internecine warfare—along with the poverty and underdevelopment that attend it—has been endemic to… Read More

What happened when Chad found oil? : “Quel Souvenir” A Documentary

What happened when Chad found oil?: “Quel Souvenir”, a new documentary The objective of oil companies is not to be socially-responsible – that costs money; it is to make as much money as possible. It’s the government’s job to be socially-responsible, and to ensure that oil companies adhere to practices that don’t harm anyone. This… Read More

Oil Wealth and Poverty: Africa’s Last Eco-Frontier

  Oil and Africa: Fear of Disruption, Pollution, Land Grabbing, Corruption, Human Rights Abuse and insecurity . By Rajab Bwengye Africa is known as the World’s richest in terms of Natural resources. These include forests, wetlands, minerals, wild animals, fertile soils, lakes and rivers plus other magnificent land forms therefore, why the continent has remained… Read More