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

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

“Beauté Congo” an Art Testimony of DR-Congo’s Rich Natural Heritage #Virunga

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) used to bring to mind images of civil war and conflict. Lately, the country is conjuring another image: that of trendsetters. The sapeur fashion movement has inspired designers from around the world, including, most recently, British designer Paul Smith, and homegrown musicians, like Papa Wemba and Koffi Olomide, have… Read More

Congolese People Fight for the Survival of Virunga: A Local Perspective

“Oil: the fossil fuel responsible for the dispute over Virunga National Park in Congo” By Jakub Szweda Congolese people fight for their stability and food security after prospecting search for oil by a British company.  SOCO International, in 2007, has signed a production-sharing contract for Block 5 Albertine Grahen, permitting them to enter over a half of… Read More

SOCO Shareholder Alert in Virunga: Huge Costs Company-Community Conflict in Oil Sector

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland (UQ), and the Harvard Kennedy School have published new research that has uncovered the true scale of the costs companies incur when they come into conflict with local communities. View & Download the Academic Paper … Read More

Monbiot: Drilling in Virunga does not end our hunger for resources, it exacerbates it!

The Impossibility of Growth: Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th May 2014 Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big… Read More

Pope Francis Challenges Unfettered Capitalism and Places Focus on the Protection of the Environment

Pope Francis challenges unfettered capitalism and places focus on the protection of the environment. The pope calls for “respect and protection of the entire creation which God has entrusted to man, not so that it be indiscriminately exploited but rather made into a garden.” Pope Francis has published his first Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (the… Read More

“The Congo is a place where everything is fine – until it isn’t” …

Congo Tony visits Congo, the setting of one of his favorite books, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and the basis for one of his favorite movies, the classic Apocalypse Now. The Congo is a place where everything is fine — until it isn’t By: Anthony Bourdain, CNN “Whispering, come and find out.” “Going up that river was… Read More

Hot off the Press, October 14th: Congo’s Virunga National Park Announces Partnership For Economic Revival In War-Torn Eastern Province

Rumangabo, DR Congo — After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern… Read More

DR-Congo Social Media: Action en Ligne pour Sauver Virunga et ses Gorilles

L’exploitation pétrolière dans le Parc National des Virunga pourrait nuire à la survie des gorilles de montagne dans la zone. Une pétition est en ligne pour s’y opposer. Agissons pour le Parc des Virunga : le pétrole, nouveau malheur des gorilles en RDC  toutes les pétitions! – Page 10 http://t.co/dVaTUos4 — Lilith (@lil_lilith) December 28,… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #1: DRC’s Human Rights Obligations and The Corporate Responsibility to Respect

Extract from Amnesty International’s last report on Mining and Human Rights in Katanga. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has some of the world’s most important mineral reserves. For more than a decade the extraction of these resources has been linked to conflict, human rights abuses and corruption. In the southern province of Katanga, people’s… Read More