Greenpeace, the thirst for oil no respite for Nature in Virunga

Excerpt and Unofficial Translation of Greenpeace’s Blogpost: “Virunga : la soif de pétrole ne laisse aucun répit à la nature” With the European premiere of ” Virunga ”  during the Docville movie Festival in Belgium, Virunga National Park is again under the spotlight . The finding is more than bitter: from Virunga to the North… Read More

4 June HRW: DR-Congo Investigate Attacks On Virunga Oil Project Critics – They Need Protection

(Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should fully and impartially investigate threats and violence against Virunga National Park rangers and local activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should examine whether the incidents are linked to plans to explore for oil within and near Virunga Park by SOCO International, a British oil company operating in… Read More

SOCO Shareholder Alert in Virunga: Huge Costs Company-Community Conflict in Oil Sector

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland (UQ), and the Harvard Kennedy School have published new research that has uncovered the true scale of the costs companies incur when they come into conflict with local communities. View & Download the Academic Paper … Read More

Monbiot: Drilling in Virunga does not end our hunger for resources, it exacerbates it!

The Impossibility of Growth: Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th May 2014 Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big… Read More

The Treasure of Virunga…De Merode’s ‘crazy’ plan…he lives and so does his plan!

Unauthorized translation from the article „Der Schatz von Virunga“ by Juliane von Mittelstaedt, published in Der Spiegel 17/19.4.2014. Translation by Angela Roemelt. Only the German original is valid for quotation. They never met but they compete against each other. One of fighting for a treasure above the soil, the other one for those beneath it.… Read More

#TeamVirunga #Bigger #Stronger #Better: @richardbranson @TheDesmondTutu @Hbuffet

New Troubles at the Gates of Virunga, Op Ed piece collectively authored by Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town  and Howard Buffett, President, Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Oil exploration could be devastating to Africa’s most iconic national park — and its people. The British company SOCO International has… Read More

SOCO Starting Seismic in Virunga National Park: In Need of a Price Tag…

. “In the oil industry, the value of an oil and gas company is mainly determined by its reserves. This means that SOCO’s primary assets “are its entitlements to future production from reserves, and one of the distinct features of the industry is its depleting asset base and need for replacement through drilling and acquisition.(2)”… Read More

Message 9 NO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Kirumba Civil Society fears for Oil Manipulation

08-03-2014 (PERSONS ON THIS PICTURE ARE NOT RELATED TO THE KIRUMBA DECLARATION) This is a local statement from civil society actors in Kirumba from the territory of Lubero expressing their serious concerns about the manipulation of certain actors (ACTOLE) pushing for oil exploration by SOCO in Virunga National Park. They are against the fact that… Read More

Message 8 NO OIL IN VIRUNGA: RRN National DRC Civil Society Against Oil

26-02-2014 DRC civil society calls Joseph Kabila to cancel the production sharing agreement signed with the company SOCO International PLC in Virunga national Park. This was the result of a day of discussions around the oil exploration activities of the British Company SOCO and its impact on the future of Virunga National Park, as well… Read More

Message 7 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Civil Society Vitshumbi Fishery Against Oil

03-02-2014 Civil Society of Vitshumbi recalls the importance of Lake Edward in the lives of more than 1.000.000 persons that depend on its resources. They also urge the government to take into consideration the green potential of the park. They give follow-up to the 1st Vitshumbi Declaration of 2012 and DRC Government among other things… 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

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