Oil, Conservation and Sustainable Development
The film “Virunga National Park: Oil, Conservation and Sustainable Development” highlights the value of the park and the current challenges it faces. Oil developments planned in Block V have the potential to affect negatively the livelihoods of millions of people as well as the long-term survival of the park.
These local stories were filmed for IUCN-NL in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The video is part of a series of films dealing with oil exploration in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and its potential environmental and human rights impact.
The films are intended to give a voice to local communities living in and around Virunga National Park. It is their voice, their fears and feelings about oil development in North Kivu.
All these stories express the fears of locals and the promises made to local communities by UK oil company SOCO International during the exploration phase in Virunga National Park. It is also a message of local communities to their national leaders, to their political representatives and the international community concerning oil exploration in block V.