1.000 Reasons to Save Virunga: #40 Environment, Climate, Peace and Stability

This is a Photo selection of the MONUSCO, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. See more photos at MONUSCO MONUSCO took over from an earlier UN peacekeeping operation – the United Nations Organization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) – on 1 July 2010. The original mandate of… Read More

Celebrating #PeaceDay: Virunga Partnership for Sustainable Peace

The exploitation of natural resources has proven to be a major driver of conflict in DRC and the Great Lakes region. Oil exploration in Virunga has followed the same track with a poor local engagement, the total exclusion of communities from decision making and the criminalization of local protests against oil.  In light of the… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Sustainable Energy #38

Sustainable Economic Development through Virunga Renewable Energy: Employment, Industry and Stability More to Read Here: 100 Mégawatts de l’Union Européenne grâce au parc national des Virunga L’ambassadeur Michel DUMOND l’a annoncé à Goma après sa rencontre vespérale avec le gouverneur Julien PALUKU le 21 juillet 2015 à l’hôtel IHUSI. En effet, c’est un projet à long… Read More

Women, Natural Resources and Peacebuilding in Virunga

In “Women Empowerment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in Virunga”  we have seen how  important Lake Edward is for the empowerment and emancipation of women in the Great Lakes region. In this article based on the excerpt of the UN report on  Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the PeaceBuilding Potential we focus on the relationship between women and natural resources in… Read More

Hot off the Press, October 14th: Congo’s Virunga National Park Announces Partnership For Economic Revival In War-Torn Eastern Province

Rumangabo, DR Congo — After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern… Read More

Oil Boom = Lower Capita Income, Dislocations, Higher Environmental and Health Hazards, Higher Levels of Conflict…and Virunga?

Oil Boom = Lower Capita Income, Dislocations, Higher Environmental and Health Hazards, Increased Levels of conflict… Local Inflation, Increased Migration, Chronic Underemployment, food shortages, increased prostitution, AIDS, and crime… and what about Virunga’s Communities and Natural Wealth? READ HERE ABOUT THE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AT THE REGIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL – Extract from CDDRL… 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

DRC and the Curse of Black Gold

By Felix Njini Windhoek – While discoveries of crude oil are supposed to be a precursor to greater economic prosperity, this is not likely to be the case for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Risk analysts warn that recent oil strikes could fuel further internal strife. If not well-managed, oil discoveries in the vast and… Read More

Oil in Virunga = Economic instability, Conflict and Environmental damage

Credits: ENOUGH Project Can Africa break its ‘resource curse’? STORY HIGHLIGHTS In many African nations natural resources have led to economic instability Resource wealth can lead to corruption, cronyism and violence Conflicts in DR Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been funded by diamonds Botswana and Ghana have largely avoided the “resource curse” London, England… Read More

More Challenges than Opportunities in Emerging DRC Oil Industry

Do you really think that oil will make a difference in this woman’s life? Background Africa’s oil industry is growing. Both off-shore and on-shore developments are projected to provide much-needed revenue for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Yet fundamental challenges remain. After years of civil unrest and war, the security situation, both domestically… Read More

JUL 2012: Oil threatens Peace = War threatens Virunga

Oil threatens Peace “Renewed oil interest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represents a real threat to stability in a still vulnerable post-conflict country. Exploration has begun, but oil prospecting is nurturing old resentments among local communities and contributing to border tensions with neighbouring countries. If oil reserves are confirmed in the east,… Read More

Black Gold in the Congo: Threat to Stability or Development Opportunity?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Although it should provide development opportunities, renewed oil interest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represents a real threat to stability in a still vulnerable post-conflict country. Exploration has begun, but oil prospecting is nurturing old resentments among local communities and contributing to border tensions with neighbouring countries. If… Read More