DRC Civil Society: Survival of Communities in Virunga National Park is Non-Negotiable

Open Letter to His Excellency Mr. Prime Minister and Head of Government, Democratic Republic of Congo . The civil society organizations working for the promotion and protection of the Environment and Human Rights in North Kivu (CREDDHO, FECOPEILE, IDPE, SOPR and CREF Network), in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are grateful for… Read More

De Merode and the Tireless Fight of Those who Believe in the Future of the Virunga

An interview between Belgian Prince Emmanuel de Merode and Alec Hogg at the World Economic Forum quintessentially sums up the spirit of Davos and exactly what the forum is trying to achieve. Prince Emmanuel’s tale pulls at the heart-strings for many reasons as it informs us about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and… Read More

IPhones, Gorillas and Oil: How can Congolese benefit from Virunga?

Excellent article of Jake Flanagin (@JakeFlanagin):  A  reflection on how  your fair trade iPhone won’t save the Congo, but going on safari might… Your iPhone is, first and foremost, a phone. It is also an Internet browser, a personal calendar, a memo pad, an MP3 player, a gaming console, a weather forecaster, and much more.… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #35 Tourism Revival

Le Parc national des Virunga , anciennement appelé Parc national Albert, est un 7800 kilomètres carrés (3000 km ²) parc national qui s’étend des montagnes des Virunga dans le sud, dans les montagnes de Rwenzori dans le Nord , en République démocratique du Congo, en bordure du parc national des volcans au Rwanda et le… Read More

Greenpeace, the thirst for oil no respite for Nature in Virunga

Excerpt and Unofficial Translation of Greenpeace’s Blogpost: “Virunga : la soif de pétrole ne laisse aucun répit à la nature” With the European premiere of ” Virunga ”  during the Docville movie Festival in Belgium, Virunga National Park is again under the spotlight . The finding is more than bitter: from Virunga to the North… Read More

Virunga’s Future: The Congolese Park is at a Crossroads…

Video: ecotourism provides alternative to oil exploration in Virunga Virunga National Park in DR Congo is at a crossroads: should the Congolese people choose to invest in sustainable development, or in oil exploration? In a newly launched video, produced by IUCN NL, local communities and park management weigh the pros and cons.   . Emmanuel… Read More

ICONIC Virunga: Wildlife, Tourism, Fisheries … Oil?

Le parc des Virunga et plus particulièrement la Rwindi, avant les troubles que rencontre la Région du Kivu. Il y avait plusieurs milliers d’éléphants, entre 16.000 et 20.000 hippopotames, des milliers de buffles et d’antilopes, des centaines de lions. Le lac Edouard était un des plus poissonneux du monde grâce à la présence des hippopotames.… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: The park is OPEN for TOURISM! #30

The park is OPEN! We are pleased to announce that Virunga is open for tourism. The park is taking bookings for mountain gorilla trekking and accommodations at Mikeno Lodge, located at park headquarters in Rumangabo. Nyiragongo volcano and the Tongo chimpanzee treks will soon be available. Expeditions to the Rwenzori Mountains are closed until further… 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

DEC 2013: We, Local Chiefs urge SOCO’s Activities to be Stopped in Virunga National Park!

We, people of Congo, urge SOCO’s Activities to be Stopped in Virunga ! We, local chiefs, representatives of fishermen, ship-owners, women’s groups, students, representatives of small and medium enterprises, environmental civil society and human rights defenders and local leaders urge DRC government: To call upon the oil company SOCO to stop using security services and… Read More

AFRICA From Top to Bottom – TOP 5 African Countries are Environmental Success Stories …

LESSON 1: Besides being all TOP environmental touristic destinations, these 5 Top African growing economies are diversifying their economies and direct many investments towards strategic environmental issues and sustainable growth. For instance Mauritius, spent millions on environmental sustainability projects, and the development of renewable energy, green jobs and sustainable infrastructure (1). LESSON 2: Oil Countries… Read More