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

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

Virunga versus Oil: Looking for Answers and Solutions behind the Headlines

On the 12th of March 2015, oil company SOCO International Plc published its preliminary results for the year ending on the 31st December 2014. Virunga regained some momentum after the Oscars, the risk to redraw Virunga’s national park perimeter to accommodate oil exploration made the headlines, WWF seemed to be “reconsidering its victory” [1] and… Read More

#2 Reason why Virunga should win the Oscar: Protecting Communities’ Livelihoods

“The benefit of the park [for us communities] is to protect the Lake – so we have security. This means that we keep it as a long term benefit project. In order to meet our future needs.” You can watch here the full video message from Virunga’s fisher communities:  

Remember: This Amazing Lady Changed Modern Conservation!

This amazing lady changed modern conservation, we learnt from the events that sadly took her life. We now know that its essential to engage with the local population, have them involved with projects, enable and help them to conserve and earn at the same time. No longer can conservation ever be a blanket ban on… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Pope Francis Steward of Nature/People

“Our earth needs constant concern and attention.  Each of us has a personal responsibility to care for creation, this precious gift which God has entrusted to us.  This means, on the one hand, that nature is at our disposal, to enjoy and use properly.  Yet it also means that we are not its masters.  Stewards,… Read More