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Blog Posts tagged with “Democratic-Republic-of-Congo”

  • A Clash of Visions Over the Congo River and Africa’s Biggest Dam Scheme

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging our partners, please see below for a blog by Rudo Sanyanga from International Rivers. A native of Zimbabwe, Rudo holds a PhD in Aquatic Systems Ecology from Stockholm University. She is the Africa Program Director of International Rivers and is based in Pretoria. This article was first published here. It’s been three years…

  • Congo threatens to open world’s second largest rainforest to new industrial loggers

    London/Kinshasa (Wednesday 2nd March, 2016): A tropical rainforest more than twice the size of France is at risk of being cut down, following news from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that the government is considering re-opening its forest to new logging companies. This comes at a time when the governments of Norway, France, Germany, the UK, and the European…

  • Virunga’s future remains tenuous

    We have blogged previously about worrying plans for oil exploration within Virunga, Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the beginning of March, the Prime Minister of the DRC announced that his government wants to find a way to explore for oil in Virunga and will engage in negotiations with UNESCO…

  • Virunga discussed in parliament

    Allegations of human rights abuses and corruption, associated with SOCO International’s oil exploration in and around Virunga National Park, were discussed in the UK parliament this week. In the House of Commons on 17th December 2014, Pauline Latham MP OBE raised the Question: “Will the Secretary of State tell us what her Department has done to address the serious and…

  • Massacres of indigenous forest people in the DRC

    Our partner DGPA (La Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones) is a platform representing 43 organisations, including indigenous forest peoples’ groups (as well as those working with these groups) across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It works to strengthen the capacity of these groups to manage their forests and provides advocacy for their interests, rights and traditional practices. There are…

  • Harassment of Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Africa

    Civil Society urges governments in the Great Lakes Region to stop harassment of Environmental Human Rights Defenders. Civil society groups in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi) have released a statement urging regional bodies and national governments to enforce the laws that protect environmental human rights defenders; promote safe exploitation of…

  • Dams and the World Bank

    Last week, we reported that the World Bank had indefinitely withdrawn its support for the Inga III dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This seemed, at first, to be good news. However, on Monday our partners - International Rivers - reported that the World Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as…

  • Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded forest projects. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA) to develop advocacy tools that highlight the link between protecting cultural heritage and improved forest conservation through the use of participatory video.…

  • How safe are Protected Areas?

    Protected Areas are sites set aside to protect particular places, ecosystems, species or cultures. Given their association with human displacements and related ecological and humanitarian impacts within and beyond their borders, critiques of Protected Areas are not new. Their conservation effectiveness is widely questioned, particularly in terms of their ability to prevent deforestation and protect important biodiversity. Their efficacy is…

  • Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka

    We are pleased to report that  Rodrigue Mugaruka was released on 7th October 2013, after 17 days’ imprisonment. He was not charged.  For more information click here.   Press Release - 2nd October 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - On Thursday, 19th September, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka a warden in Virunga National Park and recipient of the Abraham Conservation Award…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part Three

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. This is the final of three blogs by Rudo that looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part Two

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. This is the second of three blogs by Rudo that looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part One

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. The blog which will be in three parts looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project we are supporting –…

  • Réseau CREF

    We are very excited to provide details for the last of our recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Réseau CREF (Le Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Ecosystèmes Forestiers / Network for the Conservation and Restoration of Forest Ecosystems) to develop and support community forestry initiatives in the Beni-Lubero Region, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Click…