Creating Hope: Development is Ending Wildlife Crime in Virunga

Read here UNEP’s blog where Emmanuel de Merode writes about the work being done in Virunga to end wildlife crime through development. In a seemingly dark and tumultuous world, I find the greatest beacon of hope here in the Virunga National Park, eastern Congo. Hope that, through the efforts of those working to protect the… Read More

Saving Great Apes means Protecting World Heritage Sites such as Virunga

Great Apes Infographic Highlights World Heritage Importance Designed by Laura Darby (www.lauradarby.com) Watercolors by Charity Oetgen (www.artbycharity.com) (24/04/2015)© GRASP / Charity Oetgen, Laura Darby The endangered chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos found at World Heritage sites in Africa and Asia underscore the importance of these forests and mountain ranges and are highlighted in an infographic released… Read More

Reasons why we should chose for Environmental Peace Buidling in Virunga

“Where environment and natural resource factors generate conflict, post-conflict peacebuilding efforts must tackle them directly in order to achieve durable peace. At the same time, the recognition that environmental and natural resources can contribute to violent conflict only underscores their potential significance as a pathway for cooperation and confidence-building in war-torn societies.” United Nations Environment Program… Read More

The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime, Oil and Conflict in the Congo Basin

    FOR MORE, PLEASE READ: . The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin . Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, degradation… Read More

January 21, 2013 – Virunga as an Engine of Green Growth: World Bank’s Lessons from Africa

This post is based on World Bank’s review to its support to biodiversity conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade (2003-2012).  This report presents key lessons and directions for the Bank’s future biodiversity-related investments. Ask any environment minister or park manager, and they will tell you that finding the financial resources to protect biodiversity… Read More

The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime, Conflict …. and what about Oil?

Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, degradation of habitat from logging, mining and charcoal production are amongst these threats, in addition to natural epidemics such as ebola and the new… Read More

Key rol for Protected Areas in World Economy – Sustainable 21st Century

Protected areas remain one of the cornerstones for promoting biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. Today protected areas cover 12.7% of the world’s terrestrial area and 1.6% of the global ocean area. They store 15% of the global terrestrial carbon stock, assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over… Read More

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta

The Ogoniland region of Nigeria has long been badly polluted by decades of oil production that has fouled the delta and contaminated drinking water. A United Nations report has recommended a massive recovery initiative, but so far the Nigerian government has shown few signs it will agree to the cleanup project. by fred pearce Over… Read More