Message 12 North-Kivu Civil Society and UNESCO United to Preserve Virunga for Communities and Humanity

On July 11th of this year North-Kivu Civil Society Groups wrote a Memorandum to the Director-General of the UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, reiterating their views against oil exploration in Virunga National park and expressing their deep concerns in front of the possible redrawing of the park boundaries in order to accommodate oil exploration and exploitation… Read More

“We will not stop facing down those who seek to destroy Virunga until our last drop of blood is spilled”

No more words needed. Many local defenders have been alerting the world of the dangers community members and themselves are facing when fighting for Virunga and the sustainable development option. They are often putting their lives, their staff and their organizations at risk. Virunga cannot survive without them, without their voice and courage. We wish… Read More

YES to Virunga Alliance : The Official Launch

Launch of Virunga Alliance Born of a Congolese commitment to the protection of Virunga National Park, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources for four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders. The Vision for Virunga in 2025 The source… Read More

Message 5 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: SAP Farmers Declaration against Oil Exploration

20/ 30-01-2014 This Declaration against oil exploration in Virunga National park is signed by a coalition of farmers in North Kivu. On the 1st of February the Congolese Police cracked down their legal protest in Kiwanja. They were asking DRC government to keep a UK oil company out of Virunga National Park. Seven activists were… Read More

10 FEB, 2014 – Oil Exploration Project in Virunga: Threats Against Civil Society in North-Kivu

Urgent Appeal No. 01/OSC/ENV/2014. Oil exploration and exploitation project in Virunga National park: Threats against civil society in North-Kivu. Civil Society focusing on environmental issues in North-Kivu is highly concerned about the security situation of its members in North-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. In fact, the end of January and the beginning of February 2014… Read More

Oil Companies, Spot the Difference: Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga?

Spot the Difference:  Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga? Extract from Bannon, Ian and Paul Collier book on Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions, “Chapter 8 –  Attracting Reputable Companies to Risky Environments: Petroleum and Mining Companies” . By John Bray Historically, junior companies have been more willing than major… Read More

Message 5 – New Hope for North Kivu: Let’s Preserve our Environment – Virunga

“New Hope” is the voice of a whole generation is North Kivu, a generation that wants to protect and preserve its forest and diversity, their future! . This song is about hope for humanity, if it retains its ecosystem, know that North Kivu, Goma my province is the second largest reserves in the world in… Read More

MAR 24, 2012: Local Communities Oppose Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park, DRC

On 23 & 24 March a reflection meeting took place on the issue of oil exploration and exploitation in Block 5 in the Albertin Rift by SOCO. The workshop took place in Vitshumbi, Ruthsuru, North Kivu. The workshop was attended by local communities who live in and outside Virunga National Park, in the area of… Read More