IUCN Recognises Exceptional People Protecting Natural World Heritage: Vote for Virunga Heroes

Bantu Lukambo and Josué Kambasu Mukura have risked their lives while working to protect Virunga National Park, which is exposed to many threats including extractive activities, poaching and armed conflict. Engaging with local communities, they strive to demonstrate the huge potential of the park as a sustainable way out of poverty. Virunga National Park, Democratic… Read More

Presidents Museveni and Kabila meet in Uganda: Have oil permits granted within Virunga Greater Landscape been cancelled?

On the 4th of August Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila held a one-day summit in Uganda. During the summit the media reports that both presidents agreed on: “matters of security, electricity extension to the DRC, petroleum, oil pipeline, bridge and border survey. The summit agreed that during the oil exploration period… Read More

Oil in Virunga, who is financing who: the Dutch connection

PROFUNDO Summary* The purpose of this study is to identify the Dutch financial institutions that have relations with the oil companies Ophir Energy, SOCO International and Total. These three companies are exploring for oil in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or are planning to start with oil exploration. The… Read More

MARCH 2012: European Commission & Virunga National Park

Question for written answer E-003312/2012  to the Commission Rule 117 Struan Stevenson (ECR) Subject: Virunga National Park Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Africa’s oldest national park, a World Heritage Area under the UNESCO Convention and home to the last mountain gorillas – is under imminent threat. Ignoring the UNESCO… Read More