Keeping the Focus During the past week much attention went to the renewed danger to Virunga National Park coming from oil exploitation. The DRC government officially announced presence of oil in Block V and an oil bidding process in Uganda was opened in a block that not only borders Virunga National park but also includes the Ugandan… Read More
Thank You: Church of England divests from Soco Oil firm over Virunga
The Church Commissioners for England announce full divestment from SOCO The Church Commissioners for England are today announcing full divestment from their holdings in SOCO International to the total of £1.6 million and the company has been notified. The decision to divest follows the recommendation from the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of… 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
Oil Drilling in Virunga: Where are the Real Interests of Local Populations?
Two community projects were launched Monday, December 16 in Rutshuru by the provincial authorities of North Kivu. It is the construction of a 12.5 MW hydroelectric plant on the Rutshuru River and the construction of a drinking water system for more than one million people in Rutshuru and part of Nyiragongo. These projects, valued at… Read More
DEC 2013: We, Local Chiefs urge SOCO’s Activities to be Stopped in Virunga National Park!
We, people of Congo, urge SOCO’s Activities to be Stopped in Virunga ! We, local chiefs, representatives of fishermen, ship-owners, women’s groups, students, representatives of small and medium enterprises, environmental civil society and human rights defenders and local leaders urge DRC government: To call upon the oil company SOCO to stop using security services and… Read More
SOCO waiting for the Results of the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Kinshasa’s Decision?
Kinshasa, DRC – On the 7th of November, Serge Lescaut, SOCO’s Central Africa director announced that the UK Oil company will be waiting for the results of the Strategic Environmental Assessment commissioned by the DRC government and supported by the EU. The company official says to have the full support of DRC government and will… Read More