The continuing importance of parks While community forests and conservation areas are a good way to build trust and a sense of stewardship and responsibility in the local community, national parks are still an essential conservation tool. “I think you still need parks, because you still need to have areas where biodiversity is totally protected,”… Read More
From Virunga to Uganda: Keep the Oil in the Ground – Save Murchison Falls!
Time is running out, we are losing our most precious wild places at an unbelievable pace. Last week it was the turn to Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, the government has given green light for mining activities to start in this rich ecosystem compromising its diverse fauna and flora. Yesterday it was Virunga National… Read More
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Conservation and Virunga in a Changing Climate
For the past years, we have fought for the protection of Virunga National Park and against oil exploration and exploitation in Africa’s oldest National park. We engaged in this battle not only because we wanted to safeguard one of its most iconic species, the mountain gorilla, but also because we believe that local communities have… Read More
The Congo’s Midas Curse: Nature and People
Virunga National Park is a major source of revenue for armed groups that exploit illegally its resources such as wildlife, minerals and charcoal. The trafficking of all these natural resources remains one of the underlying causes of instability in Eastern DR-Congo and a curse for nature and people. — Diamonds and gold — vast natural resources… Read More
Park and Species Endangered: The Virunga Landscape in Danger
Extract from Global Witness last investigation on Uganda’s mining sector, a story on endemic corruption and mismanagement profiting at the expense of the Ugandan people, environment and economy. Almost half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas are at risk as mining threatens Bwindi and Rwenzori national parks, part of the famous Virunga ecosystem – this risks… Read More
How Natural World Heritage Sites Are Being Spoiled… in total Impunity
When a place is designated a Natural World Heritage Site, it is a recognition that it has “outstanding universal value” and must be protected. But a new study shows many of these sites are being severely damaged by human activity and are deteriorating rapidly. BY RICHARD CONNIFF • FEBRUARY 2, 2017 By any standard, Australia’s… Read More
SERIES Park and Species Endangered: Virunga, Sundarbans, Manu, Sierra Divisor….
Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of infrastructure and industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. SERIES Park and Species Endangered
IPhones, Gorillas and Oil: How can Congolese benefit from Virunga?
Excellent article of Jake Flanagin (@JakeFlanagin): A reflection on how your fair trade iPhone won’t save the Congo, but going on safari might… Your iPhone is, first and foremost, a phone. It is also an Internet browser, a personal calendar, a memo pad, an MP3 player, a gaming console, a weather forecaster, and much more.… Read More
DR Congo eyes a greater share of its mineral riches
By Thomas Hubert BBC News, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo 22 April 2012 Last updated at 16:29 In Democratic Republic of Congo’s mineral-rich Katanga province, poverty is widespread and child mortality is higher than in any country in the world. The recently refurbished Grand Karavia hotel in Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the Democratic Republic… Read More