New Armed Attack Against Virunga: Enough is Enough, Time to Act Says DRC Civil Society

New armed attack, perpetrated in the morning of Wednesday 24 June 2020, against guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), inside the Virunga National Park.  After the terrible killing of four civilians and 13 staff members of Virunga National Park on 24 April, this latest attack fills us with consternation and… Read More

A Message From and For Virunga Team: We Mourn and Continue Working for Peace

“It is with great sadness that Virunga National Park confirms that today, 24 April 2020, there has been a significant attack by armed groups near Rumangabo …” Last Friday, 4 civilians & 13 colleagues and friends were slaughtered. Khadafi, Lumumba, Djamali, Junior, Jean-Louis, Joseph, Ruphin, Jeannot, Augustin, Jacques, Héritier, Moise and Justin. They were in their… Read More

DRC Civil Society Conservation Review: Urgent Actions Needed to Save Virunga National Park in 2019

As we begin the new year of 2019, we, the member organizations of the Synergy of Ecologists for Peace and Development, regret to draw a mixed assessment for the conservation of Virunga National Park during the year 2018. Indeed, the good news is that with the combined efforts of local communities – governmental conservation institutions… Read More

Virunga: The most Dangerous Job in Africa

DRC, the continent’s beautiful and precarious heart, sits once again upon a ticking bomb. 19 JUN 2015 00:00 TONY WEAVER It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. And one of the most tragic. It is that corner of Africa where Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo come together. Straddling… Read More

Oil Companies, Spot the Difference: Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga?

Spot the Difference:  Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga? Extract from Bannon, Ian and Paul Collier book on Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions, “Chapter 8 –  Attracting Reputable Companies to Risky Environments: Petroleum and Mining Companies” . By John Bray Historically, junior companies have been more willing than major… Read More

July 1st, 2013: SOCO’s Engagement Programme and Threats to Local Communities

Local NGO CREDDHO condemns the intimidation of the residents of Lake Edward’s fishery Kyavinyonge by the Congolese naval forces.. Eight naval officers and two officers of the Congolese National Police, who took part in a public rally aimed at mobilizing the population to express its support for the oil exploration project in Virunga National Park,… Read More

The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime, Oil and Conflict in the Congo Basin

    FOR MORE, PLEASE READ: . The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin . Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, degradation… Read More

April 2013 – A Responsibility to Preserve: Protecting Virunga National Park from Oil Drilling, Poaching and Armed Groups

Written by Joshua Alter Virunga National Park (Virunga) covers 790,000 hectares in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).(2) Originally designated a national park in 1925, Virunga became a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site in 1979.(3) Virunga has been described as “the most unique biosphere in the world,” with more… Read More

DRC and the Curse of Black Gold

By Felix Njini Windhoek – While discoveries of crude oil are supposed to be a precursor to greater economic prosperity, this is not likely to be the case for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Risk analysts warn that recent oil strikes could fuel further internal strife. If not well-managed, oil discoveries in the vast and… Read More

JUN 25, 2012: Oil a Weapon of War vs. Gorillas a Weapon of Peace

Oil: a financing method of armed groups, will it bring peace to Virunga? International Relations specialist Achim Wennmann’s investigated the economic dimensions of armed groups. His study reveals a wide variety of financing methods used by armed groups and state actors in conflict zones like eastern DRC. Insights are provided on how the presence of… Read More