Ahead of COP21: Conservation Alone is not Enough for Virunga

Ahead of the COP21 , this was in 2007, Dr Richard Leakey argued that conservation alone could not save threatened species such as the mountain gorilla. He called for action on humans’ needs as well, and the fight against global warming. JULY 2007 “Millions of people were horrified by the recent slaughter of mountain gorillas that dominated… 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

1 Virunga photo = 30 seconds to talk about Conflict, Humanity and Conservation

A Story about courage in Africa’s oldest national park . All our current human traumas are interrelated… as journalist I want us to pay more attention to those lateral connections… these images they allow us to talk about the war, they allow us to talk about humanity …and they allows us to find new ways… Read More

Endangered Gorillas: Charcoal, War and … Oil

Think oil, think population influx in and around the Virunga park, increased deforestation, conflict and bye bye gorillas…. The films follows two European journalists a Dutch Photojournalist and a British foreign correspondent as they cover an environmental story centred on the Virunga National Park DRC. More information available at: ERA FILMS ‘Stories Behind Our Foreign… Read More

2007: Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas?

Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas? Heavily armed militias shatter the stillness in this central African park. Desperate refugees crowd park boundaries. Charcoal producers strip forests. Then, last summer, someone killed seven of these magnificent creatures in cold blood. By Mark Jenkins The killers waited until dark. On July 22 of last year unknown assailants crouched… Read More

1994: Virunga Inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

UNESCO Committee Resolution 1994 Virunga National Park (Zaire): The Committee recalled that at its last session it was deeply concerned about the civil unrest in Zaire which led to donors (EEC and USAID) suspending their support to this site. Many Park staff had not been remunerated for almost a year. Despite the fact the Bureau… Read More