Creating a Movement of Resistance – part I : Building Trust and Understanding between Pygmy Peoples and Virunga Rangers

Marginalised for decades, Pygmy peoples are fighting for recognition and land rights. Even the term ‘pygmy’ is laced with historical racism and prejudice; they are not treated as equal citizens in their home country. At the heart of pygmy culture is their forest, central to their spiritual beliefs, and ancestral heritage it is also their source… Read More

How to Change the World? Stop Fossil Fuels, Fight for Justice, Save Virunga!

As Donald Trump enters the White House, it is time to join the global movement of resistance. Find your trigger, your strength to change the world: You and I must take daily actions that make large-scale changes possible. Have courage. Challenging the status quo can attract ridicule. We need the quiet courage of decent people doing… Read More

IUCN Recognises Exceptional People Protecting Natural World Heritage: Vote for Virunga Heroes

Bantu Lukambo and Josué Kambasu Mukura have risked their lives while working to protect Virunga National Park, which is exposed to many threats including extractive activities, poaching and armed conflict. Engaging with local communities, they strive to demonstrate the huge potential of the park as a sustainable way out of poverty. Virunga National Park, Democratic… Read More

Global Mobilization for Protection of UNESCO World Heritage against Oil: Save Virunga

Joint statement in support of moratorium on all oil activities in the wider Virunga area The undersigned call on UNESCO and the governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)i to reach an agreement to prevent any oil exploration, extraction or related activities in the wider Virunga area which is key to the… Read More

How to Change the World?

Stop Fossil Fuels, Fight for Justice, Save Virunga, Yasuni and all these other Places and Peoples You and I must take daily actions that make large-scale changes possible. Sometimes you meet someone, see a place for the first time, read a book, or watch a movie and you are reminded in one glimpse, one sentence,… Read More

DRC Civil Society: Survival of Communities in Virunga National Park is Non-Negotiable

Open Letter to His Excellency Mr. Prime Minister and Head of Government, Democratic Republic of Congo . The civil society organizations working for the promotion and protection of the Environment and Human Rights in North Kivu (CREDDHO, FECOPEILE, IDPE, SOPR and CREF Network), in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are grateful for… Read More

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

What Congolese are doing for Virunga

What Africans are doing for Africa, what Congolese are doing for Virunga is a story that too often is forgotten behind the headlines and stories conveyed in the West, behind our own stereotypes and fears to lose control over the African continent. To think that our voice and story is more meaningful and trustworthy than… Read More

In support of Virunga Frontline Defenders and World Elephant Day

Virunga National Park is facing several threats despite the efforts from rangers and local conservationists to protect its resources. One of its resources are elephants which inhabit different ecosystems of the park from the forested areas to the savanna areas. Elephants in Virunga are also victims of the illegal ivory trade and many have been… Read More

3# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Open letter to the General Director of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature

Open letter the General Director of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) 15-11-2013 On the 27th of December 2013, SOCO was pleased to announce that “ICCN, the organisation that manages the Virunga National Park, has reported to SOCO that it has received widespread support for SOCO’s activities on Block V in eastern DRC.”1 The… 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

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