More than 765,000 people from around the world signed our petition to protect the park from the threat of oil exploration, and helped us achieve a great result.
In June 2014 UK oil company Soco announced it would stop its operations there, and would respect all other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
UNESCO had consistently said, for over a decade, that oil, gas and other extractive activities are “fundamentally incompatible” with World Heritage status.
But Virunga National Park still isn’t completely safe from all potential drillers and extractors. We need to convince the government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to reject all similar proposals and support a safe, sustainable future for this unique park.