Keep oil exploration out of Africa’s oldest national park
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Heard of Virunga? It’s Africa’s oldest national park, and a treasured World Heritage Site.
Rainforests, volcanoes, rare and beautiful wildlife - Virunga has it all. People who live and work there know it’s a very special place.
But Virunga is at risk of becoming Africa's newest oil field. When we heard UK oil company Soco might explore for oil inside Virunga, we had to draw the line. Some places are just too precious to exploit. Find out more about Virunga and the oil threat.
Please donate today to help protect one of the most incredible places in the world.
Virunga National Park is the size of a small country, straddling the equator in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It’s got more than its share of wonderful wildlife - not just huge numbers of unique birds, but African icons like lions, elephants, hippos, chimps and the remarkable okapi. And a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Soco’s plan to explore for oil isn’t the only threat to Virunga - civil unrest and wars have put pressure on local people, wildlife and resources on-and-off for years. But we believe oil exploration would bring a new and unacceptable level of risk for Virunga’s environment and communities.
That’s why we need to draw the line.
Some people say local communities in Virunga will benefit from oil exploitation. We think it’s unlikely.
We’ve seen how oil development can have serious negative impacts on wildlife, habitats and people in many places. From road-building, pipeline-laying, and of course the potential oil spills and pollution of land and water. (Lake Edward, in Virunga’s internationally important wetlands, is crucial for local livelihoods and food.)
We also know there are much safer, more sustainable, financially viable alternatives – including potentially lucrative eco-tourism and hydropower.
Please add your name today. Every name helps to show governments and businesses how strongly people feel about protecting precious places like this.
Together we can draw the line and keep oil exploration out of Africa‘s oldest national park.
Your donation will help fund our campaign to protect Virunga, and support our work
on the ground helping mountain gorillas.
Our vivid short campaign film sums up why we’re drawing the line at oil in Virunga.
The new Dalberg report reveals the real long-term value of Virunga – without any oil exploration.
What makes Virunga special? WWF’s director in Democratic Republic of the Congo gives a personal view.
Bring the beauty of Virunga to your own screen, and share with friends.
Fabulous and free greetings cards with a Virunga theme – get your friends to help us draw the line.
Questions about our Virunga campaign answered by two of our Africa specialists
Our chief executive David Nussbaum on why precious places - like Virunga - need protecting.
Our economics advisor blogs about how we can measure the value of Virunga – locally and globally.