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

Save Virunga’s Hippos from the Devastating Effects BP-oil Spill is having on Dolphins

This week Mongabay reported on the results of a new study that shows how exposure to the 2010 BP oil spill is likely to have caused late-term abortions of in-utero dolphins, or early death of newborns. These new findings add to the mounting evidence that exposure to petroleum compounds following an oil spill can severely… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Evolutionary Update #40 Asher Jay

Asher Jay Artist Statement Asher Jay is an art activist, designer, writer, and public speaker. She was educated at Parsons the New School of Design, in New York. Shortly after graduating, she pursued a career working for various fashion houses in New York, which furnished her with the necessary experience to create her eponymous, exclusive,… 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

Messsage 3 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Butembo on Sustainable NR Management

15-06-2013 A large number of civil society organizations and local stakeholders signed a declaration demanding that the Congolese government takes meaningful action to protect the nature and people of Virunga National Park in DR Congo. The “Declaration of Butembo” urges the government to end the illegal exploitation of natural resources and the insecurity caused by… Read More

END of Weekly Serie Oil drilling in Protected Areas: Photo Essay

END of Weekly Serie Oil drilling in Protected Areas *** Can we Reconcile Nature and Oil? *** Why should both worlds Collide in Protected Areas? *** Why is a Protected Area not Protected? *** What will be the Future of Wildlife and Tourism in the Albertine Rift? *** Do Tourists want to Photograph Oil Rigs?… Read More

Weekly Serie Oil drilling in Protected Areas – Murchison Delta: Money will Win over Animals and Communities

April 29, 2010 Uganda Seeks to Reconcile Oil, Nature Government Plans for Drilling in National Park Spark Worries That ‘Money Will Win Over Animals’ By WILL CONNORS And NICHOLAS BARIYO . An undated photo shows giraffes in front of a Tullow Oil rig in Murchison Falls National Park. Drilling in the park has sparked controversy.… Read More

Weekly Serie Oil Drilling in Protected Areas – Virunga flags environment sensitivity of the Albertine Graben

Concerns over drilling for oil in Virunga flags environment sensitivity of the Albertine Graben June 22, 2013 By Angelo Izama in Oil & Energy Tags: Albertine Graben, CNOOC, Murchison Falls National Park, Oil, Total E&P, Tullow, uganda, Virunga Leave a comment . A request by the World Heritage Committee for the cancellation of oil exploration permits… Read More

Transboundary Oil Spill in the Amazon: what could be the impact in the Great Lakes Region – Virunga

1 / The damage caused by such an oil spill in the Semliki River, which issues from Lake Edward in Virunga National Park and happens to be the source of the Nile, could reach other nations as Uganda, Rwanda, polluting zones and coasts up to the Mediterranean sea, with serious impact on environment, livelihoods, water… Read More

Oil Governance in Lake Turkana: “If ‘we the people’ don’t stand up for our collective interest, no one else will do it for us”

OIL GOVERNANCE: FOLT’S PERSPECTIVE ON OIL IN TURKANA but what if the best and only solution will be to: KEEP THE OIL IN THE SOIL? Looking back at 2013-2016 (SV) The recent oil discovery in Turkana has been termed as a historic discovery and is seen to be a boost to the country’s economy which… Read More

Message 6 – Oil in Bodo – Nigeria: A message to the Oil Companies

Chief Saint Emmah Pii speaks about Shell’s oil pollution in Nigeria. The facts about Shell’s oil pollution in Nigeria. Living with Shell is bad, and it’s getting worse every day. Tell the world! Join worsethanbad.org Source: WorsethanBad

Oil in Virunga: Environmental costs and liabilities, a shareholders responsibility.

Shareholder responsibility could spur shift to sustainable energy Allowing shareholders to be held liable for the damages that companies cause to the environment and people could help transform the world’s energy system towards sustainability, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). . The research carried out at IIASA… Read More