Virunga National Park shares a Spotlight: The Fishing Village of Vitshumbi

There is an inextricable link between the fisheries of Lake Edward, the well-being of the local population, and Virunga National Park itself. The Virunga Alliance is doing it’s best to serve all parties in this tightly-knit web of life on Lake Edward. On the road from park HQ in Rumangabo to Vitshumbi… By Evelyne Malfliet… Read More

#2 Reason why Virunga should win the Oscar: Protecting Communities’ Livelihoods

“The benefit of the park [for us communities] is to protect the Lake – so we have security. This means that we keep it as a long term benefit project. In order to meet our future needs.” You can watch here the full video message from Virunga’s fisher communities:  

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

Women, Natural Resources and Peacebuilding in Virunga

In “Women Empowerment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in Virunga”  we have seen how  important Lake Edward is for the empowerment and emancipation of women in the Great Lakes region. In this article based on the excerpt of the UN report on  Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the PeaceBuilding Potential we focus on the relationship between women and natural resources in… Read More

Women Empowerment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in Virunga

The fisheries of Lake Edward in Virunga National Park make a substantial contribution to poverty reduction and sustainable economic growth within Eastern DRC. Over 50.000 people are supported by the fisheries; it creates jobs, provides an important supply of affordable protein to the Kivu’s, and makes a significant contribution to food security in the Congo.… 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

Who wants to turn Virunga National Park into an oil drilling site?

Insightful and excellent article of DRC blogger Chantal Faida Mulenga – Byuma. Her blog can be consulted at http://chantalfaida.blogspot.fr. Chantal reflects on the green potential of Virunga, the promises made, the position of local communities as well as of DRC government, and what will be the future of the park. Unofficial translation. — Established in… Read More

CS Insecurity and Threats: Time to Join the Movement and Protect Virunga’s Defenders

CIVIL SOCIETY INSECURITY & THREATS TIME TO JOINT THE MOVEMENT  AND PROTECT VIRUNGA DEFENDERS Since  the beginning of SOCO’s exploration operations in Virunga National Park, Environmental and Human Rights defenders fighting for the survival of the park and the respect of community rights have been target of intimidations and threats. Across DRC and the Great… 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

Message 7 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Civil Society Vitshumbi Fishery Against Oil

03-02-2014 Civil Society of Vitshumbi recalls the importance of Lake Edward in the lives of more than 1.000.000 persons that depend on its resources. They also urge the government to take into consideration the green potential of the park. They give follow-up to the 1st Vitshumbi Declaration of 2012 and DRC Government among other things… Read More

Message 4 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Local Leaders in Butembo

11-12-2013 Local chiefs urge SOCO’s activities to be stopped in Virunga. This is a declaration of local Leaders from the fisheries of Lake Edward in North Kivu: Vitshumbi, Nyakakoma, Kisaka, Kamandi, Lunyasenge, Taliha, Kyavinyonge. This statement came out during a workshop focusing on the participative management of Virunga National Park’s resources.  They also call upon… Read More

Message 2 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Vitshumbi

24-03-2012 In March 2012, the fishery communities of Lake Edward expressed their opposition to any oil exploration or exploitation in Virunga National Park. They are well aware of the consequences of natural resource exploitation. They are at the basis of the fragile government and current conflicts in the eastern DRC. Communities ask the DRC Government… Read More