Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? National parks must be for people, plants, wildlife – not Big Oil

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last year it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples – as… Read More

Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? Making a Deal for Virunga?

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last week it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples –… Read More

JAN 07, 2013 Chaos in Congo – Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil

View of the Virunga National Park from the the ranger headquarter in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Jan-Joseph Stok/GlobalPost) Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil Possible oil reserves beneath Africa’s oldest park threaten its survival. Tristan McConnell LAKE EDWARD, Democratic Republic of Congo — It is not just war threatening the future of Africa’s… Read More