March 4, 2011
Pledge to Help Stop Oil Exploration Inside One of Africa’s Most Iconic National Parks (OT)
From WWF website;
Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the world. Located along the Albertine Rift, the incredible diversity of environments run from the steep slopes of the Ruwenzori mountains to the volcanoes of the Virunga Massif.
But several companies plan to explore for oil inside the park, including the UK based companies SOCO and Dominion, posing a threat to the area’s sensitive balance. If the project goes forward, it will threaten Virunga’s wildlife and jeopardize decades of costly conservation work. The remarkable recovery of three great apes in the park has shown the positive impact of dedicated long term conservation partnerships on recovering species populations, yet this amazing success can be reversed in the blink of an eye if the park is degraded and disturbed by oil exploration.
We need to protect the impressive range of habitats that makes Virunga so beautiful and home to over 700 species of bird and more than 200 species of mammal, including hippos, elephants and other rare species.
Pledge Now: Urge these companies to abandon plans for oil exploration in Virunga National Park.