Creating Hope: Development is Ending Wildlife Crime in Virunga

Read here UNEP’s blog where Emmanuel de Merode writes about the work being done in Virunga to end wildlife crime through development. In a seemingly dark and tumultuous world, I find the greatest beacon of hope here in the Virunga National Park, eastern Congo. Hope that, through the efforts of those working to protect the… Read More

Save Virunga’s Hippos from the Devastating Effects BP-oil Spill is having on Dolphins

This week Mongabay reported on the results of a new study that shows how exposure to the 2010 BP oil spill is likely to have caused late-term abortions of in-utero dolphins, or early death of newborns. These new findings add to the mounting evidence that exposure to petroleum compounds following an oil spill can severely… Read More

Why is Biodiversity Important for the Future of North Kivu?

The links between biodiversity and poverty Poor people, especially those living in areas with low agricultural productivity, depend heavily and directly on genetic, species and ecosystem biodiversity to support their livelihoods. This support takes the shape of contributions to health and nutrition, reduced vulnerability, crop and stock development, and off-farm resource use. However, their livelihood… Read More

Virunga Déversements Pétroliers pour les Nuls

For ENGLISH here Les déversements de pétrole ont des répercussions graves sur la faune et l’environnement en fonction de [1]: (1) du type d’hydrocarbures déversés, (2) l’emplacement du déversement, (3) les espèces d’animaux habitant dans la région, (4) les cycles de reproduction et les migrations saisonnières, (5) ainsi que la météo pendant la fuite de… Read More

Virunga Oil Spill for Dummies

Oil spills have severe impacts on wildlife and the environment depending on [1]: (1)  the type of oil spilled, (2)  the location of the spill, (3)  the species of wildlife in the area, (4)  timing of breeding cycles and seasonal migrations, (5)  as well the weather during the oil spill Lake Edward, at the center… Read More