Africa’s oldest and most bio-diverse national park – under threat from oil. Global Witness welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on the protection of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which calls for EU Member States to help prevent oil activities in the Park and neighbouring areas. It also calls on… Read More
July-Aug 2013: What have Governments and International Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park?
Save Virunga Half-Year 2013 Update: What have Governments, International and Local Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park? . Answer: Governments and major countries have gotten together and expressed their concerns about oil exploration in Virunga National park. They urge both SOCO and the DRC government to respect national and international conventions. If… Read More
DEC 13, 2012: EU joint resolution on DRC, putting oil concessions in Virunga NP on the political agenda
On December 12th the European Parliament presented a joint resolution on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The motion was adopted by the European Parliament on December 13th. This joint resolution, supported by more than 50 European parliamentarians, expresses its strong concern at the deterioration in the DR Congo and impacts… Read More
European Parliament: Questions and Answers on Virunga, what next?
…. How can the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) be considered by the European Commission as properly conducted when one of the oil companies having the biggest oil concession in the Virunga National Park is the entity providing the information to the Government? Could this be considered the “best tool to inform Government decision-making and therefore… Read More
European Parliament voices concern over Virunga National Park thanks to IUCN encouragement
The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recently been the subject of actions by European Parliamentarians encouraged by IUCN. The Congolese government has started a full Strategic Environmental Assessment in all the oil concession areas in and around Virunga but this study is not yet complete. Several European oil companies… Read More
MARCH 2012: European Commission & Virunga National Park
Question for written answer E-003312/2012 to the Commission Rule 117 Struan Stevenson (ECR) Subject: Virunga National Park Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Africa’s oldest national park, a World Heritage Area under the UNESCO Convention and home to the last mountain gorillas – is under imminent threat. Ignoring the UNESCO… Read More