SOCO and Dominion have oil exploration plans for the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and the continent’s first World Heritage Site, is home to many species of mammals, birds and reptiles plus an impressive diversity of landscape and habitats.
Virunga is also home to about 200 mountain gorillas, almost 25% of the planet’s population.
The companies’ plans to drill for oil will be costly for the area’s biodiversity – including, chimpanzees, elephants and other rare species – as well as the local population who benefit from tourism and sustainable fishing inside the national park.
WWF has called on the Congolese government to guarantee and enforce the existing oil exploration ban in the park designated World Heritage Site and asks the companies to respect the law and international convention and to abandon their harmful plans for exploration.
When will companies realise profits are not everything?