1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Lake Edward Fisheries #1

 Lake Edward “provided important fisheries in the past, with harvests composed primarily of tilapia, catfishes (Bagrus spp. and Clarias spp.), and lungfish.” During the late 1950s and 1960s, a few small industrial processing operations were established in the vicinity of Lake Edward and George, and supplied Kampala and other urban markets in East Africa with… Read More

SOCO International on Radio Okapi: oil exploration in Virunga National Park will take place

After the helicopter incident in Virunga National Park on Friday 15 June 2012, SOCO International talked with Radio Okapi assuring that oil production in the Virunga National Park will not cause any environmental problems at Lake Edward. . We were surprised to hear that oil exploration and exploitation in this protected area is already a… Read More

Latest news from the Virunga oil front: ” Au Congo, les risques du baril”

Latest news from the Virunga oil front SOURCE: Liberation 4 juin 2012 à 19:36 . Analyse Le parc des Virunga, en RDC, classé par l’Unesco, est menacé par les projets d’exploitation pétrolière. . Par FANNY PIGEAUD Correspondante à Libreville C’est un scandale de plus qui se joue dans l’est de la république démocratique du Congo… Read More

MAY 2012, HR ALERT: Local Communities in Vitshumbi silenced

Local organizations and civil society representatives from Vitshumbi were going to host a public meeting today, 26th of May. Goal of this meeting was to reflect on the oil concession and contract for Block 5 in the Virunga National Park and the state of the fisheries in Lake Edward. The meeting was co-organized by several… Read More

FISH vs. OIL: A Delicate Imbalance

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance By Christiane Badgley Source: IWatch Sunset at Sekondi beachfront, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana. Christiane Badgley Fish vs. Oil: Part One In Ghana the relationship between fishermen and the new oil industry is complex. In this video, Edlove Quarshie, a Sekondi-based fisherman and the Assistant Secretary of the Link… Read More

MAR 24, 2012: Local Communities Oppose Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park, DRC

On 23 & 24 March a reflection meeting took place on the issue of oil exploration and exploitation in Block 5 in the Albertin Rift by SOCO. The workshop took place in Vitshumbi, Ruthsuru, North Kivu. The workshop was attended by local communities who live in and outside Virunga National Park, in the area of… Read More