Insecurity, poaching and oil exploration raise fears for Virunga

2 poached baby gorillas raise fears in Congo KINSHASA, Congo — Endangered Grauer’s gorillas have become victims of ongoing violence and a new rebellion in eastern Congo. A decision to allow oil exploration in a national park there may put the gorillas at greater risk. Virunga National Park said Monday that wildlife authorities rescued two… Read More

SEP 22, 2012: “We’ll see whether we’ll respect the park or not” says Hydrocarbon Minister about Virunga

Congo could allow oil exploitation By Jonny Hogg KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of Congo will allow exploration work inside Africa’s oldest national park if significant oil deposits are found there, the country’s hydrocarbons minister said on Saturday. Congo is keen to expand its underdeveloped oil sector, which currently produces only 26,000 barrels a… Read More

Petrole dans le Graben: la Conservation de la Nature en Sursi!

* Correction block IV and V cover part of lake Edward and not Lake Albert ODEUR DU PETROLE DANS LE GRABEN CONGOLAIS : LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE EN SURSIS ! Gestion à plusieurs vitesses des ressources transfrontalières partagées. Deux ressources transfrontalières partagées, le pétrole dans le Graben albertine entre l’Ouganda et la RD Congo, le gaz… Read More

Congo ! – Maudit pétrole !

Dans un monde où les ressources se font rares, le continent africain est plus que jamais sollicité par les compagnies pétrolières. Dans un récent rapport, International Crisis Group (ICG) met en garde la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) contre la prospection pétrolière, qui pourrait “aggraver les conflits” et “réveiller les velléités séparatistes” de certaines régions.… Read More

JUL 31, 2012: Top 15 Shareholders – the global connection

 Top 15 Shareholders  –  Total, Ophir Energy and SOCO International – One Corporate Responsibility What is a shareholder? A shareholder (or stockholder) is an individual or company (including a corporation) that legally owns one or more shares of stock in a joint stock company. Both private and public traded companies have shareholders. Companies listed at… Read More

Oil in Virunga, who is financing who: the Dutch connection

PROFUNDO Summary* The purpose of this study is to identify the Dutch financial institutions that have relations with the oil companies Ophir Energy, SOCO International and Total. These three companies are exploring for oil in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or are planning to start with oil exploration. The… Read More

No oil drilling in Virunga: Dutch Banks and Investors talking to Total

 No oil drilling in Virunga National Park Zeist – Large Dutch banks and pension funds have investments in the French oil company Total, which wants to drill for oil in one of the last habitats of the endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park in DR Congo. This became evident in a financial anlysis done by… Read More

Appel à la Communauté internationale pour protéger le Parc des Virunga de l’exploitation pétrolière

05 juillet 2012 – Georges Dallemagne dépose une proposition de résolution pour appeler la Communauté internationale à une position ferme pour protéger le Parc des Virunga de l’exploitation pétrolière. . Classé en 1979 au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco grâce à sa biodiversité exceptionnelle, le Parc des Virunga a été plus tristement inscrit en 1994 dans… Read More

JUL 6, 2012: UNESCO appeals to TOTAL and SOCO to adhere to NO-GO policy in Virunga NP

UNESCO 36th session of the Committee: VIRUNGA Decisions 36COM 7A.4 Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 63) The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.4, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Extends its deepest condolences to the families of guards killed during operations conducted to protect the property, since its… Read More

British oil company to drill for oil in Virunga National Park – SOCO ‘Hostile to the park’

Given the high level of volcanic activity in the Virungas, is it a good place to drill for oil? . WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? Consumptive use of resources from a national park in the DRC is illegal, deemed so by the DRC government and additionally for Virunga, by its World Heritage status. Currently 85% of… Read More

Governments and oil companies slammed over Virunga exploration

Saint Petersburg – The committee overseeing World Heritage Sites yesterday cautioned that petroleum exploration in Virunga National Park could cause serious harm and should be halted. WWF, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Lukuru Foundation welcome this strong position and urge the DRC government and oil companies… Read More

JUN 22, 2012: ONG Position Paper to the World Heritage Committee

READ HERE THE NGO POSITION PAPER ON VIRUNGA Extract: To the World Heritage Committee and States Parties, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo: World Heritage Property in Danger From June 24th till July 6th, you will be gathering in St Petersburg for the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee.  The conservation status of… Read More