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Monday, 23 April 2012
Categories In Focus | Oil
SHELL Nigeria has reacted to the latest criticisms of its oil exploration in Nigeria and the attendant spillage, affecting some Niger Delta communities. The full response: According to a statement by Shell Nigeria, a joint team of operators, communities, security agencies and regulators investigates always oil spill incidents under Nigerian regulations.
The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recently been the subject of actions by European Parliamentarians encouraged by IUCN. The Congolese government has started a full Strategic Environmental Assessment in all the oil concession areas in and around Virunga but this study is not yet complete. Several European oil companies have received concessions from the Congolese government to start investigations, and aerial surveys have started. Virunga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the World Heritage Convention forbids oil development in World Heritage sites. This is also prohibited under national legislation.
Announcement Made During Major International Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking Conference in Gabon. As a symbol of its commitment to tackling illegal wildlife trade, Gabon will burn its entire ivory stockpile in the coming months, at a date to be announced shortly. The move is an acknowledgment by the country that ivory from illegal sources has no recognized commercial value, and could leak onto the black market if not destroyed, said World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC, which are supporting Gabon's efforts to tackle illegal wildlife trade.
Reports that the governments of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Angola agreed to sell rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies are "malicious and false," says Dr Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief of government communication. Ramsay says there has never been any discussion or agreement between the governments to sell rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies.
African Parks regrets to announce that 22 elephants have been killed in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past ten days. Garamba, which shelters an estimated 2,000-3,000 elephants (one of the biggest remaining elephant populations in central Africa) has until now avoided the elephant poaching onslaught taking place across west and central Africa.
In a bid to curb a rise in poaching, Rwanda, Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) and Uganda have intensified joint patrols in the Greater Virunga Landscape.
The Greater Virunga Landscape incorporates Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda; and Kibale Conservation Area, Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, and Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area in Uganda.
WINDHOEK – Preliminary evaluations indicate that climate variability has an effect on the distribution of marine species because of the changes in temperature. A group of marine scientists from Namibia, South Africa and Angola are meeting outside Windhoek to identify and quantify trends in climate variability in the Benguela Current, which is shared by the three countries.
In a bid to curb a rise in poaching, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) have intensified joint and coordinated patrols between Virunga National Park in the DRC and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and will continue over the next six months. The development follows increased cases of poaching that recently saw the death of a mountain gorilla and two other game animals in February, killed by poachers' snares.
Global Witness reveals previously unpublished exploration permits. A London-listed FTSE250 oil company, SOCO International, has announced plans to press ahead with oil exploration in Africa's oldest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They announced the plans on Wednesday evening, after Global Witness contacted SOCO for a response.
The World Heritage Centre has just been informed that a Ministerial Order, signed on 1 September 2011, delivers to SOCO (South Africa Congo Oil) a Certificate of Environmental Acceptability in order to exercise an oil exploration campaign by the acquisition of aeromagnetic and aerogravimetric data in block V of the Albertine Rift (Virunga National Park), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Tanzania's appeal to block a case against the construction of a highway across the Serengeti National Park was dismissed on Thursday by the East African Court of Justice. The Appellate Division of the regional court ruled that EACJ has full jurisdiction to hear the case because the park was part of the transnational ecosystem straddling Kenya and Tanzania.
BRUSSELS – On Thursday, the head of Belgian diplomacy declared the resumption of oil exploration activities by the British company Soco International in the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) "illegal".
The year 2011 has been called the "annus horribilis" for African elephants.
The head of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John Scanlon, has expressed his deep concern over recent reports of the poaching of almost 450 elephants in a national park in Cameroon.