IUCN: ‘No’ to extractives in Unesco World Heritage – Virunga

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage 19 June 2014 | News story Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s… Read More

Pressure mounts to save Africa’s Eden from drillers: Virunga vs. SOCO

New Scientist by Andy Coghlan For years an oil company has been planning to drill in one of Africa’s key national parks. Now conservation and heritage organisations are joining forces in a bid to stop them. In the aftermath of a brutal civil war, a majestic natural landscape teeming with exotic wildlife is being threatened by… Read More

Virunga’s Future: The Congolese Park is at a Crossroads…

Video: ecotourism provides alternative to oil exploration in Virunga Virunga National Park in DR Congo is at a crossroads: should the Congolese people choose to invest in sustainable development, or in oil exploration? In a newly launched video, produced by IUCN NL, local communities and park management weigh the pros and cons.   . Emmanuel… Read More

3 FEB, 2014: IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment and calls other companies to follow suit

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites 03 February 2014 | International news release Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit.… Read More

JAN 2014 – Last Chance to Fix DRC Oil Bill: Critics Raise Transparency and Environment Worries

Global Witness Announces Last Chance to Fix DRC Oil Bill… 14th January 2014 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, has begun to debate a new oil bill which has been criticised by campaigners, MPs in Congo and donor governments. Global Witness is extremely concerned that the weak provisions of… Read More

Sovereing African States Toward a Sustainable Africa

Sovereign African States Toward a Sustainable Africa “A set of concrete principles and development goals that soundly move the value of natural capital from the periphery to the center of development planning…” . Vision of the Initiative Please click to Download the Gaborone Declaration (2012) In May 2012, ten African heads of states in collaboration… Read More

Who is misleading who? SOCO’s statement in response to Virunga local communities’ films

SOCO’s Statement in Response to Virunga Communities’ fears  . All of these testimonies were filmed in and around Virunga National Park and are meant to give the people of North Kivu a voice about their social, environmental and human rights concerns. . . All of these local stories are dealing with oil exploration in Virunga… Read More

Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions! Fight for Virunga!

  “A sustainable future for humankind depends on a caring partnership with nature as much as anything else.” Nelson Mandela World Parks Congress, 2003 . Protected areas … offering solutions Humanity faces two immense and interrelated problems; the global extinction of species and human-caused climate change. We are in the middle of a global extinction… Read More

Why is Biodiversity Important for the Future of North Kivu?

The links between biodiversity and poverty Poor people, especially those living in areas with low agricultural productivity, depend heavily and directly on genetic, species and ecosystem biodiversity to support their livelihoods. This support takes the shape of contributions to health and nutrition, reduced vulnerability, crop and stock development, and off-farm resource use. However, their livelihood… Read More

Environmental Impact Assessment – Proposed oil exploration in Virunga’s Lake Edward: a fishes’ perspective

Proposed oil exploration in Virunga’s Lake Edward: a fishes’ perspective August 29, 2013 / by biofreshblog . This quest post by Kevin Smith of the IUCN Global Species Programme responds to Susanne Schmitt’s request for information to strengthen the freshwater arguments of WWF’s Campaign to keep oil exploration out of the Virunga World Heritage Site. Dr.… Read More

July-Aug 2013: What have Governments and International Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park?

Save Virunga Half-Year 2013 Update:  What have Governments, International and Local Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park? . Answer: Governments and major countries have gotten together and expressed their concerns about oil exploration in Virunga National park. They urge both SOCO and the DRC government to respect national and international conventions. If… Read More

IUCN’s position on Virunga: Oil Development is Incompatible with World Heritage Status

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration 24 June 2013 | News story Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest… Read More