Keep Oil Exploration Out of Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park. It could soon become Africa’s newest oil field.
British oil company Soco International PLC plans to explore for oil inside the park, even though the park is protected under Democratic Republic of Congo law. Add your name to WWF's campaign. Together we can draw the line and keep oil exploration out of Africa's oldest national park.
The Virunga National Park is not only critical to the variety of species - including gorillas - that call it home, but also the local economy that depends on the natural resources of the park. More than 27,000 people fish in Lake Edward and it provides drinking water to 50,000 people. But thousands more benefit from locally sourced fish, renewable energy and other park-related activities. Virunga has been a national park since 1925 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Total, a French oil company, has already committed not to explore for oil within Virunga’s boundaries. Stand with WWF to call on Soco to do the same!
Oil development in the park could threaten local communities that rely on the park’s natural resources and jeopardize the region’s potential for long-term income from sustainable development. Join us in drawing the line -- Virunga is too important to open up for oil exploration.
I am joining the thousands of others who are declaring that Virunga National Park should be off-limits for oil exploration. Virunga is far too valuable to be destroyed for short-term financial gain.
I want Soco and government leaders to know that Virunga is extraordinary, that oil exploration will place it in peril, and that Africa's oldest park should remain protected and unexploited.
I am asking Soco to publicly commit to stopping exploration with Virunga. Permanently.
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