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

Virunga Document de Position des ONGs: au Comite du Patrimoine Mondial et aux Etats Parties

LISEZ – TELECHARGEZ ICI LE MESSAGE INTEGRAL DES ONGS SUR VIRUNGA Extrait: . Au Comité du patrimoine mondial et aux États parties: Vous allez vous rassembler à SaintPétersbourg pour la 36ème séance du Comité du patrimoine mondial du 24 juin au 6 juillet. La conservation des sites les plus précieux de la planète fera l’objet… Read More

WWF – RI0+20: Total ne peut pas célébrer la responsabilité à Rio en la bafouant à Virunga

RI0 + 20   Total ne peut pas célébrer la responsabilité à Rio en la bafouant à Virunga et ailleurs Paris / Rio de Janeiro, lundi 18 juin – Alors que Christophe de Margerie, Président directeur général du groupe Total prend aujourd’hui la parole devant l’UN Global Compact dans le cadre de la conférence RIO… Read More

IUCN worried about oil exploration in Virunga: a letter to TOTAL CEO

IUCN France asks Total to never undertake oil exploration in Virunga National Park. . Translated and adapted from IUCN FR article: “Menaces sur le Parc des Virunga”* . Considering that French companies have a very important role to play in the preservation of biodiversity and should be more involved in the fight against biodiversity loss… Read More

Latest news from the Virunga oil front: ” Au Congo, les risques du baril”

Latest news from the Virunga oil front SOURCE: Liberation 4 juin 2012 à 19:36 . Analyse Le parc des Virunga, en RDC, classé par l’Unesco, est menacé par les projets d’exploitation pétrolière. . Par FANNY PIGEAUD Correspondante à Libreville C’est un scandale de plus qui se joue dans l’est de la république démocratique du Congo… Read More

Oil Pollution Safeguards for Lake Albert – Uganda & No-go area for Virunga – DRC

Environmentalists fear that the oil fever in Uganda could have disastrous impacts on the area biodiversity of Lake Albert and are urging  for oil pollution safeguards in Uganda, what kind of provision should the DRC government, UK  Soco and France Total give for a World Heritage site and the refuge of the last mountain Gorilla?… Read More

JUN 2012: Total opens a new oil front in Virunga National Park

While heavy fighting is going on in and around Virunga National Park  and thousands of people are fleeing their houses,  some oil companies prefer to do business as usual. Total decided to increase its participating interests in Block III, covering 32% of the Virunga National park. In its last operational update of 31st of May,… Read More

MAY 2012: Total, Virunga “is in your hands”

WWF has called on French oil company Total to refrain from exploration in Virunga National Park. At a meeting of Total shareholders and investors Friday, WWF hosted a demonstration and published an open letter to the company president. Total has been granted an oil concession that includes a portion of the World Heritage Site, which… Read More