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Two fishermen on the shore of lake Edward gallery

Living on Lake George

People who live on the shores of Lake George in Uganda earn a living from fishing and the communities also benefit from the profits from eco-tourism in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wild herds of buffalo, antelope and elephants are big attractions and lodges and gift shops dotted around the park have created jobs for local […]

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Sunrise over the Virunga mountains Virunga campaign

Virunga news: UK government still opposed to oil exploration in national park

“Read all about it!” the UK government is still against oil exploration in Virunga World Heritage Site… Not exactly new news, but it seems it is to the oil company SOCO International PLC (Soco). Given that the UK government stated its opposition in September 2012, it was a surprise to read Soco arguing the UK […]

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Virunga – the story so far

Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is at risk from oil exploration, and WWF has launched a campaign to protect it. So far, over 400,000 people have added their name to protect Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park. Keep up to date on the latest news and content here. [View the story “SOS […]

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View of the Semliki River, Lake Edward and the Tshiabirimu Mountain Virunga campaign

Valuing Virunga – without oil

The world’s insatiable demand for oil is leading to exploration in places that were once considered ‘off-limits’ – some of the world’s most special, important and fragile places. Places like the Arctic, and indeed Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Virunga is a jewel in the crown of Africa’s natural heritage. […]

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Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo Here in the UK

Investors must challenge SOCO on its damaging Virunga oil plans

The fate of Africa’s first national park could be influenced by shareholders of UK oil company SOCO and their investors at their Annual General Meeting in London this week. My name is Susanne and I work on our Green Heart of Africa programme. The Congo Basin is the second largest rainforest block after the Amazon. […]

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Elephants in the river on the edge of the block in Virunga where UK oil company SOCO plan to conduct seismic testing.

Virunga – how can SOCO call this a ‘burnt-out savannah’?

UK oil company SOCO has defended its proposed oil explorations inside Virunga National Park by saying: “There’s no ecosystem being preserved there – most of it is burnt-out savannah…” Have a look at the images below of Virunga’s landscape and wildlife and see if you agree… Or if you, like us, believe that this unique […]

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