Pipelines in the Greater Virunga To Be, or Not To Be, that is the Question

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep. (Hamlet by William Shakespeare) Probably many of you know (or not) that the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda are… Read More

Drilling Africa’s Great Lakes: No Virunga and No Planet B

Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped up by exploration companies but what of East Africa’s enormous great lakes? With exploration well underway in Lake Albert and plans laid down for Lake Malawi, Philip Kleinfeld looks at the social, political and environmental challenges. Lake Albert Uganda Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped… Read More

JAN 2014 – Last Chance to Fix DRC Oil Bill: Critics Raise Transparency and Environment Worries

Global Witness Announces Last Chance to Fix DRC Oil Bill… 14th January 2014 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, has begun to debate a new oil bill which has been criticised by campaigners, MPs in Congo and donor governments. Global Witness is extremely concerned that the weak provisions of… Read More

Save Virunga Rewind 2013

Save Virunga is a global initiative to protect Virunga, Africa’s Oldest National Park, from oil exploration and exploitation. These are the moments and most pressing issues that defined Save Virunga in 2013. 2014: Preserving Virunga National Park will bring sustainable development, peace and stability in the conflict affected areas of Eastern DR-Congo. Governments, Businesses and… Read More

Oil Companies, Spot the Difference: Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga?

Spot the Difference:  Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga? Extract from Bannon, Ian and Paul Collier book on Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions, “Chapter 8 –  Attracting Reputable Companies to Risky Environments: Petroleum and Mining Companies” . By John Bray Historically, junior companies have been more willing than major… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #1: DRC’s Human Rights Obligations and The Corporate Responsibility to Respect

Extract from Amnesty International’s last report on Mining and Human Rights in Katanga. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has some of the world’s most important mineral reserves. For more than a decade the extraction of these resources has been linked to conflict, human rights abuses and corruption. In the southern province of Katanga, people’s… 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 – Murchison Delta: Blurred Future of Wildlife and Tourism

Oil drilling in Murchison delta and the blurred future of wildlife and tourism By Isaac Imaka & Frederic Musisi April 10  2013 at  01:00 A shoebill is often described as an ugly, shy and rare bird. Ugly as it may look, it is one of the most sought after birds in the Murchison Falls National… 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

June 17th, 2013: UNESCO World Heritage Committee requests cancelation of Virunga oil permits

World Heritage Committee requests cancelation of Virunga oil permits 17 June 2013 The international body that oversees World Heritage Sites today requested the cancellation of oil exploration permits in Virunga National Park, some of which are currently held by international petroleum conglomerates, including UK-based Soco International PLC and French oil giant Total SA. Located in… Read More

17 May, 2013: BREAKING NEWS – Oil and Gas group TOTAL will not explore for oil in Virunga National Park!

Good News for Africa’s Oldest National Park Oil and gas group Total will not explore for oil within the boundaries of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chairman and CEO Cristophe de Margerie announced today. WWF welcomes the decision that will help conserve the home of mountain gorillas, elephants and a wide… Read More

Global Witness: La loi sur les hydrocarbures devant le parlement de la RD Congo n’est pas en mesure d’arrêter la corruption ou les dommages environnementaux

La loi sur les hydrocarbures devant le parlement de la RD Congo n’est pas en mesure d’arrêter la corruption ou les dommages environnementaux – Global Witness 9 Mai 2013 Les révisions prévues de la loi sur les hydrocarbures de la RD Congo contiennent des défauts majeurs qui pourraient laisser libre court à une mauvaise gestion… Read More