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

Small Oil Enterprise ‘Wildcatters’, big trouble in Virunga?

Africa is emerging as a big oil and natural gas reserve. As a result lots of new companies have been making their entrance in the Great Lakes region. As some investments analyst says: ”nothing goes up faster than when you announce a major [oil] find in some geopolitical backwater”[1]. That is precisely what happened with… Read More

International NGOs ask oil exploration to stop in Congolese Virunga park

Thirteen European NGOs, including Belgian organizations, asked the Congolese government in an open letter to stop the plans for oil exploration in the Virunga National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Virunga National Park, which was founded in 1925, lies on the border with Rwanda and is the oldest national park… Read More

Le plus ancien parc d’Afrique menacé par l’exploitation pétrolière ?

Le WWF lance une campagne internationale pour alerter sur les risques d’exploitation pétrolière au sein du plus ancien parc national d’Afrique, le parc des Virunga, créé en 1925. Classé patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco -mais déjà considéré « en péril »- celui-ci est désormais menacé par l’intrusion de compagnies pétrolières qui ont récemment obtenu des permis… Read More

DR Congo: Bye Bye Gorilla

UNESCO director Irina Bokova received in March “worrying information” concerning the resumption of oil exploration in the Virunga National Park by Soco International. Similar concern was expressed on March 28 by the Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during his meeting with President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. José Endundo, the Congolese Minister of Environment who ordered… Read More