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

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

REPOST 2013: What Has SOCO International Plc said about Oil Exploration in Virunga – Top 10…

SOCO is uncertain of what the Virunga National Park landscape looked like when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. However, we are aware of what the area looks like today, scarred by decades of deforestation, poaching and violence against its inhabitants. Despite the efforts and financial investments of some organizations in the… Read More

Greenpeace, the thirst for oil no respite for Nature in Virunga

Excerpt and Unofficial Translation of Greenpeace’s Blogpost: “Virunga : la soif de pétrole ne laisse aucun répit à la nature” With the European premiere of ” Virunga ”  during the Docville movie Festival in Belgium, Virunga National Park is again under the spotlight . The finding is more than bitter: from Virunga to the North… Read More

SOCO Starting Seismic in Virunga National Park: In Need of a Price Tag…

. “In the oil industry, the value of an oil and gas company is mainly determined by its reserves. This means that SOCO’s primary assets “are its entitlements to future production from reserves, and one of the distinct features of the industry is its depleting asset base and need for replacement through drilling and acquisition.(2)”… Read More

7# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: North Kivu Civil Society response to Mbayma’s Threats

IN 2013 North Kivu Civil Society response to Mbayma’s Threats 12-03-2014 North Kivu Civil Society official response to the letter of Guy Mbayama, urging DRC and ICCN’s authorities to remember that Civil society actors in North Kivu have the primary duty to defend and promote, at all times and everywhere, the rights of citizens in… Read More

6# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: When Local Communities SAY NO, SOCO Increases the Pressure

IN 2013 When local communities say NO, SOCO increases the Pressure 08-03-2014 Press Release of Civil society on SOCO’s oil exploration and exploitation in the Virunga National Park. When local communities say NO, SOCO International seeks the reinforce the credibility of the project by the dividing and manipulating the actors. Environmental non-governmental organizations of the… Read More

5# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Local NGOs Urgent Appeal

IN 2013 North Kivu Civil Society reaction / Urgent Appeal 09-02-2014 As a reaction to the unfounded accusations and in response to Mr Guy Mbayma’s letter, civil society actors wrote an urgent appeal against the threats to environmental defenders in North Kivu. They fear that their members on the ground and in Goma suffer death… Read More

4# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Threats against CS actors coming from G. Mbayma

IN 2013 January 2014 – but dated 31-10-2013 On 31st October 2013, the Director of Science and technology at the ICCN, Mr. Guy Mbayima, addressed an unnumbered letter to the General Director of the ICCN after the workshop that was held in Goma on the 31st of January 2014, threatening local civil society opposing oil… Read More

2# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Statement against SOCO’s engagement program in Virunga

IN 2013 24-07-2013 In this open petition to the DRC Government local civil society in North Kivu speaks out against the local engagement program of SOCO International targeting the fisheries of Lake Edward. Local civil society organizations working on conservation and protection of the Environment and Human Rights (CREF Network CREDDHO, IDPE, SOPR) condemn in… Read More

1# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Local NGO urges SOCO to Investigate Death Threats

IN 2012 On the 19th of October 2012, SOCO’s communications liaison officer sent a letter to a number of Congolese organizations, including some of the environmental activists who have been receiving death threats since February 2011. The letter below is a response from Alphonse Muhindo, Director of Réseau CREF, one of the 4 activists that… Read More

Message 10 NO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Statement Kyavinyonge Fishers against SOCO – OIL

09-03-2014 This is a local statement from the fishers of one of the main fisheries in Lake Edward: Kyavinyonge, The statement is addressed to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the oil company SOCO International plc. The statement is clear and unequivocal: “ We say no to all oil exploration or exploitation… Read More