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Oil concessions (brown) overlapping the Virunga National Park (© Angela Meder with information by the Rainforest Foundation)

Oil versus Forest in the Congo

Categories: Threats, Mining for mineral resources, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Virunga National Park

In April 2022, Greenpeace reported that the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo planned to auction off concessions for the extraction of oil. Together with numerous other nature conservation organisations, including Rainforest Rescue, Greenpeace called upon the government not to go through with this, particularly since some of these concessions were located inside national parks. A petition with over 100,000 signatures was handed to the Congolese government on 25 July.

Despite this, 27 oil and 3 gas concessions were auctioned in late July. Many conservationists were shocked by this because President Tshisekedi had signed a commitment during the climate summit in Glasgow in...

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