Early in the morning on Sunday, Simba rebels (Mai Mai) attacked the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and headquarters for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve near the village of Epulu in the northeastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Further to the release sent out on 7 June, we are pleased to report that the security situation at Garamba has stabilised with the assistance of Congo military (FARDC) and UN special forces (MONUSCO) who have temporarily moved into the park. As a result of the resulting increase in patrolling, we believe that LRA operatives have probably been driven out of the park.
Kasese – Renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has put the lives of mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif at risk.
The intense fighting, which broke out on May 11 between rebels led by renegade General Bosco Ntaganda and Kinshasa government forces, has resulted in the closure of five patrol posts in DRC's Virunga national park.
GOMA, DR Congo — Government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo launched airstrikes Saturday against mutineers near the Rwandan border, where a rebel leader known as the "Terminator" was said to be hiding.
The increasing violence in and around Virunga national park, on the border with Rwanda and Uganda and famed for its volcanos and mountain gorilla population, has also led to the recent death of a ranger.
Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest National Park and home to the last mountain gorillas, is under imminent threat. Currently 85% of the Park has been allocated as oil concessions. British company SOCO International and the French TOTAL, both listed in the listed in the London Stock Exchange, are resuming oil exploration in Virunga National Park, after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government suspended these activities for one year.
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.
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.
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).
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".
Conservationists have condemned poaching within the Virunga Massif, and called for measures to track down poachers and increase patrols to avoid such threats to the endangered mountain gorillas. According to the conservationists, park rangers in the Greater Virunga Landscape discovered carcasses of a mountain gorilla killed by a poacher's snare and an elephant within the first few days of February.
Rising incidents of poaching within the Greater Virunga Landscape has triggered fears among the countries sharing the ecosystem that is home to the Mountain Gorilla. The follows two grisly discoveries within the first few days of February, where park rangers within the Greater Virunga Landscape discovered the bodies of a mountain gorilla killed by a poacher's snare as well as that of an elephant.
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo - Three rangers and five Congolese soldiers were killed this morning in an attack on their patrol vehicle in Congo's Virunga National Park that park officials are calling the worst attack on patrols in over a year.