Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? National parks must be for people, plants, wildlife – not Big Oil

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last year it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples – as… Read More

July 2016: Virunga’s Last Stand before UNESCO’s 40th session of World Heritage Committee

Today will start the 40th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee where the state of Conservation of Virunga National park will be discussed. The World Heritage Committee comprises representatives from 21 States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). The 21 States Parties of the current World… Read More

Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected? Making a Deal for Virunga?

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration. Last week it was the turn of Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home of several indigenous peoples –… Read More

JUN 2015: Virunga’s Future: Last Stand before UNESCO’s 39th session of the World Heritage Committee

On June 28th will start the 39th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee where the state of Conservation of Virunga National park will be discussed. The World Heritage Committee comprises representatives from 21 States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). Virunga was designated as a World… 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

Pressure mounts to save Africa’s Eden from drillers: Virunga vs. SOCO

New Scientist by Andy Coghlan For years an oil company has been planning to drill in one of Africa’s key national parks. Now conservation and heritage organisations are joining forces in a bid to stop them. In the aftermath of a brutal civil war, a majestic natural landscape teeming with exotic wildlife is being threatened by… Read More

How to support legally a Moratorium on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Exploitation in Virunga National Park: some principles

Principles that Support a Moratorium on Hydrocarbon Exploration and exploitation in PNAs 1. The interconnection of all living things What follows from the understanding of the interconnectedness of all beings inhabiting this planet is the understanding of the interdependence of rights. The expansion of the oil frontier effectively suspends the realisation of rights related to… Read More

IUCN’s position on Virunga: Oil Development is Incompatible with World Heritage Status

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration 24 June 2013 | News story Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest… Read More

DEC 13, 2012: EU joint resolution on DRC, putting oil concessions in Virunga NP on the political agenda

On December 12th  the European Parliament presented a joint resolution on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The motion was adopted by the European Parliament on December 13th.   This joint resolution, supported by more than 50 European parliamentarians, expresses its strong concern at the deterioration in the DR Congo and impacts… Read More