Key rol for Protected Areas in World Economy – Sustainable 21st Century

Protected areas remain one of the cornerstones for promoting biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. Today protected areas cover 12.7% of the world’s terrestrial area and 1.6% of the global ocean area. They store 15% of the global terrestrial carbon stock, assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over… Read More

Stronger leadership needed to save world’s natural wonders: Virunga #1

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 11 September 2012 (IUCN) At the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is warning of the growing threats faced by many existing World Heritage sites and is calling for stronger measures to guarantee their future. Despite considerable successes over the last four… Read More


21.06.2012 From June 24th till July 6th, the World Heritage Committee and State Parties will be gathering in St Petersburg for the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee. The conservation status of our most precious places on earth will be discussed and decisions will be made to safeguard those places for future generations. In… Read More

IUCN worried about oil exploration in Virunga: a letter to TOTAL CEO

IUCN France asks Total to never undertake oil exploration in Virunga National Park. . Translated and adapted from IUCN FR article: “Menaces sur le Parc des Virunga”* . Considering that French companies have a very important role to play in the preservation of biodiversity and should be more involved in the fight against biodiversity loss… Read More

Mining threats on the rise in World Heritage sites

27 June 2011 | IUCN statement Paris, France, 23 June, 2011 (IUCN) – Extractive industries and governments that licence their activities should commit to stopping all mining and oil/gas exploration and exploitation activities that could damage World Heritage Sites, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN, the advisory body to UNESCO on… Read More

Le plus ancien parc d’Afrique menacé par l’exploitation pétrolière ?

Le WWF lance une campagne internationale pour alerter sur les risques d’exploitation pétrolière au sein du plus ancien parc national d’Afrique, le parc des Virunga, créé en 1925. Classé patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco -mais déjà considéré « en péril »- celui-ci est désormais menacé par l’intrusion de compagnies pétrolières qui ont récemment obtenu des permis… Read More

European Parliament voices concern over Virunga National Park thanks to IUCN encouragement

The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recently been the subject of actions by European Parliamentarians encouraged by IUCN. The Congolese government has started a full Strategic Environmental Assessment in all the oil concession areas in and around Virunga but this study is not yet complete. Several European oil companies… Read More

FEB 2011 IUCN warns SOCO: oil exploration in Virunga NP will have irreversible adverse effects for human livelihoods and natural systems

“IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls for a global moratorium on oil and gas exploitation in ecologically sensitive areas, including deepwater ocean sites and polar areas. In a statement from the ruling body of the world’s oldest and largest conservation organization, IUCN says that the rising demand for energy is leading us into… Read More

1979: Virunga Nominated to the World Heritage List

Decisions 03COM XII.46 Consideration of Nominations to the World Heritage List The Committee decided to enter in the World Heritage List the following 45 properties: No. Name of property / State Party 63 Virunga national park / Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo)   Why: Virunga National Park (covering an area of 790,000 ha) comprises an… Read More