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

Oil in DRC: The Truth about 30 Years Oil Production in Bas Congo

For over 30 years, oil reserves in the territory of Muanda, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been exploited. Far from being a windfall for the socio-economic development of the area, oil extraction has had many significant impacts: pollution of water, air, soil, destruction of food crops, depletion of fish resources. . “Oil in Muanda:… Read More

The Business of Exploiting Natural Resources in DR-Congo: Some Valuable Lessons from the Forest Sector

New Global Witness’ report, “The art of logging industrially in Congo”, teachs us many valuable lessons: How business is conducted in DRC; How permits issued by government officials breach DRC’s own laws and regulation; How the widespread abuse of logging permits is contributing to the destruction of DRC’s natural resources; How companies who want to… Read More

Social, Environmental and Human Impacts of Resource Extraction in West Papua

West Papua is one of the last great frontier wildernesses. Over 250 distinct indigenous communities live amongst spectacular rainforests, mountains and coral ecosystems. But all is not well on the world’s second largest island – which now serves as a backdrop to one of the most severely underreported conflicts in recent history. Officially a ‘special’… Read More