How to Change the World? Stop Fossil Fuels, Fight for Justice, Save Virunga!

As Donald Trump enters the White House, it is time to join the global movement of resistance. Find your trigger, your strength to change the world: You and I must take daily actions that make large-scale changes possible. Have courage. Challenging the status quo can attract ridicule. We need the quiet courage of decent people doing… Read More

Save Virunga Roundup 2016: The Fight For Africa’s Oldest National Park Continues!

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth … these are one and the same fight.  We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. Ban Ki-moon, address to the 66th UN General… Read More

December 2016: A Message from Environmental and Human Rights Groups From the Greater Virunga

Stop oil exploration and exploitation activities in the Greater Virunga and, end conflicts and bloodshed in the Albert basin communities OPEN LETTER BY ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS FROM THE GREATER VIRUNGA TO PRESIDENT JOSEPH KABILA OF DRC AND PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI OF UGANDA. Your Excellences, By this letter, we, environmental and Human Rights civil… Read More

Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? National parks must be for people, plants, wildlife – not Big Oil

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last year it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples – as… Read More

Conserving Virunga For and With Congolese is the most Challenging Job in Conservation

The following excerpt is based on an old ‘revised’ guest blog by Esther Marijnen, Blaise Muhire and Judith Vermeijden. It looks into the challenges of conservation amidst conflict, violence and poverty in Eastern DRC and more particularly within and around Virunga National Park. It reminds us an important lesson about conservation: Conserving Virunga For and With Congolese… Read More

1921: A Journey in the History of Virunga National Park #1

In the Footsteps of the Museum’s Virunga Gorillas* Carl E. Akeley was an American naturalist and explorer. Her was also known as Carl Ethan Akeley, born in May 19, 1864 in Clarendon, New York. He Died in November 17, 1926 in Virunga National Park, Belgian Congo. He was buried only a couple miles away from where he encountered his first gorilla in 1921 (1). … Read More

Virunga in 2016: New Hope for the Democratic Republic of Congo

2016 Virunga is much more than the oldest national park in Africa VIRUNGA IS #Life #People #Nature #Beauty #Wildlife #Congo #Hope #SustainableDevelopment #GreenEconomy #Stability #TransformativeGrowth #Change #Biodiversity #Earth #WorldHeritage #EcosystemServices #Gorilla #Livelihoods #Tourism #Unesco #LakeEdward #OutstandingUniversalValues #HumanRight #HealthyEnvironment #LocalVoices #EndangeredSpecies #CongoHeritage

Commemorating Real Actors of Change: From Dian Fossey to Local Communities

  What makes these pictures so powerful is that these women are not so different from one another. One dedicated more than 18 year of her life to the protection and study of the Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains; the others are Congolese women, mothers that decided to voice their concerns about oil exploration in… Read More

Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? Making a Deal for Virunga?

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last week it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples –… Read More

How to Change the World?

Stop Fossil Fuels, Fight for Justice, Save Virunga, Yasuni and all these other Places and Peoples You and I must take daily actions that make large-scale changes possible. Sometimes you meet someone, see a place for the first time, read a book, or watch a movie and you are reminded in one glimpse, one sentence,… Read More

Celebrating #PeaceDay: Virunga Partnership for Sustainable Peace

The exploitation of natural resources has proven to be a major driver of conflict in DRC and the Great Lakes region. Oil exploration in Virunga has followed the same track with a poor local engagement, the total exclusion of communities from decision making and the criminalization of local protests against oil.  In light of the… Read More

From Doctrine to Action: Time to Save Virunga and all These Other Irreplaceable Places

Since the publication of Pope Francis’ ” Laudato Si’ ” many have given their views on the Pope’s Encyclical letter on the care of the ‘common house’. Some call it the most “astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years, since it is addressed not just to Catholics, or Christians, but to… Read More