Principles that Support a Moratorium on Hydrocarbon Exploration and exploitation in PNAs 1. The interconnection of all living things What follows from the understanding of the interconnectedness of all beings inhabiting this planet is the understanding of the interdependence of rights. The expansion of the oil frontier effectively suspends the realisation of rights related to… Read More
Black Gold in the Congo: Threat to Stability or Development Opportunity?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Although it should provide development opportunities, renewed oil interest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represents a real threat to stability in a still vulnerable post-conflict country. Exploration has begun, but oil prospecting is nurturing old resentments among local communities and contributing to border tensions with neighbouring countries. If… 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