What happened when Chad found oil? : “Quel Souvenir” A Documentary

What happened when Chad found oil?: “Quel Souvenir”, a new documentary The objective of oil companies is not to be socially-responsible – that costs money; it is to make as much money as possible. It’s the government’s job to be socially-responsible, and to ensure that oil companies adhere to practices that don’t harm anyone. This… Read More

Sovereing African States Toward a Sustainable Africa

Sovereign African States Toward a Sustainable Africa “A set of concrete principles and development goals that soundly move the value of natural capital from the periphery to the center of development planning…” . Vision of the Initiative Please click to Download the Gaborone Declaration (2012) In May 2012, ten African heads of states in collaboration… Read More

Hot off the Press: New oil Law Threatens Corruption and Environmental Damage – and UK SOCO is first in the queue

A murky deal for the Congo as oil exploration threatens corruption and environmental damage – and London-based Soco International is first in the queue . Weeks after putting down a rebellion, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing new oil laws that could open it up to vast corruption and put its… 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). ┬áThis 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

Biodiversity loss seen as greater financial risk than terrorism

Loss of ecosystems perceived by banks and insurance companies to be a greater economic risk than terrorism, finds UN report The financial risks posed by the loss of species and ecosystems have risen sharply and are becoming a greater concern for businesses than international terrorism, according to a United Nations report released today. From over-depletion… Read More