Virunga New Year’s Resolution: We won’t Sacrifice Protected Areas and Sacred Sites to Extractive Industries and Human Greed.

When Save Virunga started more than 6 years ago our aim was simple: to give a voice to local communities who depend on the survival of Virunga National Park for their livelihoods and to protect Africa’s oldest National Park from oil extraction. We believed that Virunga should be a place where no oil extraction and pollution occurs, a… Read More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Conservation and Virunga in a Changing Climate

For the past years, we have fought for the protection of Virunga National Park and against oil exploration and exploitation in Africa’s oldest National park. We engaged in this battle not only because we wanted to safeguard one of its most iconic species, the mountain gorilla, but also because we believe that local communities have… Read More

Water is Life: Virunga’s Lake Edward Should Receive the Same Protection as the Mountain Gorillas

When protecting Virunga much focus has been put on its immense biodiversity and on being the home to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Virunga was established in 1925 as Africa’s very first national park but is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Site. Virunga’s Lake Edward lies completely within Virunga National… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access vs. Water is Life #NoDakotaAccessPipeline

BREAKING Tuesday 24th of January Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines “President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. He also signed an executive order to expedite environmental reviews… Read More

#KeepItWild Lets End Industrial Activity in Protected Areas for Virunga and Humanity

This year at the World Conservation Congress you can be a part of a movement to end industrial activity in protected areas. Discover how you can help keep Earth’s natural wonders wild. What humanity needs right now isn’t another incorrectly-placed oil drill or logging concern. What we need is protection for our designated, already ostensibly… Read More

Now is not the time to think of the future of the extractive industries, but the future of people and the planet!

Two months have passed since COP21 and one could ask himself how much has the world listened? On January 2016 Norway is still offering new Artic oil leases and on February 2016 Total announced it will be conducting seismic activities in Block III, while one-third of Block III is located inside Virunga National Park.  Today more than ever is not the time to… Read More

The Thin line Between Conservation and Extraction: Learning from Uganda’s case

Government, investors and host communities have to make a choice between sustaining sacred natural sites and territories, water and communities’ food sovereignty; or sacrificing them in favour of short-term benefits from mining and extractive activities, says a new report by the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) and the Gaia Foundation. The choice is stark:… Read More

AfricaProgressPanel Members Request Inclusion of Environment-Transparency Safeguards in DRC Oil Bill

Africa Progress Panel, and activist organizations such as Global Witness, request the postponement of the parliamentary vote on DRC oil bill and the inclusion of strong environmental safeguards and anti-corruption law. Chaired by Kofi Annan, the ten-member Africa Progress Panel advocates at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. In this article… 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

END of Weekly Serie Oil drilling in Protected Areas: Photo Essay

END of Weekly Serie Oil drilling in Protected Areas *** Can we Reconcile Nature and Oil? *** Why should both worlds Collide in Protected Areas? *** Why is a Protected Area not Protected? *** What will be the Future of Wildlife and Tourism in the Albertine Rift? *** Do Tourists want to Photograph Oil Rigs?… Read More

Temoignages – Le Petrole au Nord Kivu: La Promesse du Petrole

Suivons ces témoignages des populations du lac Edouard en RDC et murissons nos réflexions sur les engagements pris par la RDC sur le Parc National de Virunga, patrimonial mondial, et des Droits des Communautés riveraines face au danger de l’Exploration pétrolière dans le Bloc 5 par l’entreprise Pétrolière SOCO. SOCO, l’entreprise ambitieuse dans le projet… Read More