Water is Life: Virunga’s Lake Edward Should Receive the Same Protection as the Mountain Gorillas

When protecting Virunga much focus has been put on its immense biodiversity and on being the home to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Virunga was established in 1925 as Africa’s very first national park but is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Site. Virunga’s Lake Edward lies completely within Virunga National… Read More

Virunga: To Defend the Environment, We must Defend Human Rights

Friends of the Earth International The neoliberal model of ‘development’ is ravaging nature and pitting communities and eco-defenders against powerful corporations and colluding police and military forces. The violence must stop! Around the world, activists and communities are raising their voices to stop environmental devastation and promote the possibility of another world, where nature is… Read More

Oil Exploration in Virunga: a Fisherman’s tale, in which team are you?

Oil exploitation in Virunga’s block V is similar to the final of an important soccer game between the government with its petroleum allies, and the local communities that depend on inexhaustible natural resources and their supporters, civil society organizations working on the protection of the environment. Both teams have been trained to use the legal instruments that are at… Read More

Message 2 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Vitshumbi

24-03-2012 In March 2012, the fishery communities of Lake Edward expressed their opposition to any oil exploration or exploitation in Virunga National Park. They are well aware of the consequences of natural resource exploitation. They are at the basis of the fragile government and current conflicts in the eastern DRC. Communities ask the DRC Government… Read More

Communities Choosing to Preserve Natural Resources instead of Getting Quick Money

Citing environmental concerns, central Colombian villages use months of direct action to delay planned state oil project. OSCAR LEÓN, TRNN PRODUCER: In the central Colombian region of Meta, communities won an important victory in the fight to preserve their lands from possible contamination from drilling by Ecopetrol, Colombia’s national oil company. The Meta region’s administrative… Read More

Oil Wealth and Poverty: Africa’s Last Eco-Frontier

  Oil and Africa: Fear of Disruption, Pollution, Land Grabbing, Corruption, Human Rights Abuse and insecurity . By Rajab Bwengye Africa is known as the World’s richest in terms of Natural resources. These include forests, wetlands, minerals, wild animals, fertile soils, lakes and rivers plus other magnificent land forms therefore, why the continent has remained… 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 – Is Oil Hunt in Ugandan National Parks a Real Test to Africa’s Eco Defenses? Or Legal Defenses?

Is Oil Hunt in Ugandan NParks a Real Test to Africa’s Eco or Legal defenses? Some of the latest articles on oil developments in Uganda are not very clear on what is being done by both government and companies in Uganda. When speaking to some key environmentalists in Uganda it was clear that both Uganda… 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

The nexus between oil and violent conflict: Sudan Case #1

The development of the Sudanese oil sector has been intertwined with violent conflicts. Summarizing the argument of the preceding paragraphs (extract from the report of Elke Grawert and Christine Andrä, “Oil Investment and Conflict in Upper Nile State”), on the national level, oil development had a three-fold impact on the violent-prone relations between the two parts… Read More

New Hydrocarbon Bill: DRC Civil Society calls for better Environmental and Social Safeguards

Congo-Kinshasa: La société civile apporte sa contribution à la consistance du projet de code des hydrocarbures Congo-Kinshasa: La société civile apporte sa contribution à la consistance du projet de code des hydrocarbures Par Raymonde Senga Kossy, 8 Avril 2013 Les travaux de l’atelier sur l’analyse par la Société civile du code des hydrocarbures dont le… Read More

Save Virunga: Endangered World Heritage

Endangered world heritage by Sarah Luisa Brand, Ilona Auer-Frege   Endangered mountain gorillas live in the Virunga National Park. The Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is considering oil production in the country’s national parks. The government hopes there will be economic profits, but its plans are putting the environment, the people… Read More