Back to the Future: 2027 – Tribute to a Virunga Silverback

On November 1st, 2027, the last living mountain gorilla was killed by poachers in the Congo. For the International Festival of Animal and Nature Photography in Montier-en-Der, the photographer Gilles Martin invited visitors to witness the primate’s symbolic burial with an impressive photographic installation. The memorial featured photographs of mountain gorillas accompanied by the text… Read More

Questions Remain About the Use of Threats and Physical Violence Against oil Opponents in Virunga

Some of the most serious questions that SOCO International has to answer relate to allegations that its representatives and allies used threats and physical violence against opponents of the company’s operations in Virunga. There have been worrying reports from credible and respected local organisations since at least 2012 of SOCO International allies orchestrating a campaign of… 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

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

March 06: Joint Declaration EU Commissioner Piebalgs and Belgian Minister Labille on SOCO’s activities in Virunga

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, together with the Belgian Minister for International Cooperation, Jean-Pascal Labille, urge SOCO’s shareholders and all relevant authorities to make sure that oil company SOCO International Plc respects international laws and regulations and is in compliance with all of the required standards considering its oil exploration activities in a World… Read More

DRC Environmental Civil Society Asks Kabila to Cancel Oil Contract with SOCO

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 as surrounding… Read More

The Guardian: Ugandans fear curse of oil wealth as it threatens to blight ‘pearl of Africa’

Oil drilling may bring benefits in healthcare and education, but critics are concerned about corruption and the effect on wildlife Patience Akumu Most of Uganda’s oil is in the Albertine Graben region in the west of the country, an expanse of lush green vegetation that is home to about half of Africa’s bird species. There… Read More

Endangered Gorillas: Charcoal, War and … Oil

Think oil, think population influx in and around the Virunga park, increased deforestation, conflict and bye bye gorillas…. The films follows two European journalists a Dutch Photojournalist and a British foreign correspondent as they cover an environmental story centred on the Virunga National Park DRC. More information available at: ERA FILMS ‘Stories Behind Our Foreign… Read More

APR 2012: Virunga activists receive death threats

WWF has learned that two community activists opposing planned oil development in and near Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park have received threatening telephone calls. The men both report having been called by unidentified individuals who told them, “If you continue your advocacy against SOCO, you will die.” SOCO, a British oil company,… Read More