10 FEB, 2014 – Oil Exploration Project in Virunga: Threats Against Civil Society in North-Kivu

Urgent Appeal No. 01/OSC/ENV/2014. Oil exploration and exploitation project in Virunga National park: Threats against civil society in North-Kivu. Civil Society focusing on environmental issues in North-Kivu is highly concerned about the security situation of its members in North-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. In fact, the end of January and the beginning of February 2014… Read More

Virunga: Chronicle of a Betrayal Foretold

Unofficial translation of the excellent article of DRC blogger Jean-Baptiste Badesire: A  reflection on oil exploration and exploitation in Virunga National Park, and how the Congolese authorities choose the easy money at the expense of the sustainable development and social peace in North Kivu. READ HERE THE (ORIGINAL) FRENCH VERSION This Friday, January 31, 2014… Read More

Save Virunga Rewind 2013

Save Virunga is a global initiative to protect Virunga, Africa’s Oldest National Park, from oil exploration and exploitation. These are the moments and most pressing issues that defined Save Virunga in 2013. 2014: Preserving Virunga National Park will bring sustainable development, peace and stability in the conflict affected areas of Eastern DR-Congo. Governments, Businesses and… 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

Hot off the Press, October 14th: Congo’s Virunga National Park Announces Partnership For Economic Revival In War-Torn Eastern Province

Rumangabo, DR Congo — After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern… Read More

ACTION 2nd October, 2013: Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Mugaruka

Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka Press Release – 2nd October 2013 . Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – On Thursday, 19th September, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka a warden in Virunga National Park and recipient of the Abraham Conservation Award was arrested by Congolese security forces and taken… Read More

Sept 24th, 2013: RADIO OKAPI, Conservateur principal du Parc des Virunga aux arrêts à Goma!

Nord-Kivu: le conservateur principal du parc des Virunga aux arrêts à Goma Le conservateur chef du secteur centre du parc national des Virunga, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo est détenu depuis cinq jours au cachot de l’Agence nationale des renseignements (ANR) à Goma. Il a été arrêté par des militaires pour s’être opposé à l’exécution d’un projet de la firme… Read More

April 2013 – A Responsibility to Preserve: Protecting Virunga National Park from Oil Drilling, Poaching and Armed Groups

Written by Joshua Alter Virunga National Park (Virunga) covers 790,000 hectares in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).(2) Originally designated a national park in 1925, Virunga became a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site in 1979.(3) Virunga has been described as “the most unique biosphere in the world,” with more… Read More

February 8, 2013 – Virunga Oil Blocks: Last Update

Check here for the last update: Oil Block III    32% contains ViNP      Last Update Oil Block IV     50% contains ViNP      Last Update Oil Block V      52% contains ViNP      Last Update —————– Virunga National Park – Oil Exploration: On 23 September 2012, newswire reports indicated… Read More

SOCO’s Statement: … minimal environmental impact … positive social impact…

Statement on inaccuracies in the conservation group websites regarding SOCO’s activities Thursday 28 June 2012 To coincide with the UNESCO World Heritage Convention currently taking place in St Petersburg, certain conservation groups have placed articles on their websites which contain inaccuracies about SOCO International plc’s activities in Block V, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).… Read More