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Virunga’s future threatened by oil - it’s time to Draw The Line

Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest national park, could be of huge long-term value to local communities - if oil extraction is kept out. That’s the conclusion of the new Dalberg report published today. UK company Soco International plc is intending to explore for oil inside this precious World Heritage Site. That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to Draw The Line, to keep oil exploration out of Virunga National Park.

Amur or Siberian tiger

Good news on Global Tiger Day!

Breaking news: results from a recent census put the number of wild tigers in Nepal at approximately 198. This marks an increase in the population by around 63% from the last survey in 2009.

Total won’t drill for oil in Virunga World Heritage Site

Great news from France - oil company Total has made an assurance that it won’t explore for oil within the boundaries of Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Paris on Friday, chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie responded to questions posed by WWF-France by confirming that Total is making a “commitment to respect the current limits” of the park, Africa’s oldest World Heritage Site.

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