Who said that? The UK government did!
SOCO (UK based oil company) was urged by the UK government to stop its activity in exploring within the World Heritage Site location. On top of that, the Virunga National Park is considered as an “endangered” site by the UNESCO.
According to the British Foreign Office, “we (UK) will continue to support the local companies as well as international investors. However such investments should be up to par in respecting the local and international standards and should also be executed responsibly.”
So when i was reading this part, I thought the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) would be pissed off or so. The most rational action to do is to join WWF and fight against SOCO !! However, this is a statement from the DRC’s Minister of Hydrocarbon, Crispin Atama Tabe,”the DRC has the right to know what resources it has under the earth, even if it’s in the park or the forest, anywhere.”
Although the DRC is signatory under the international conventions, Crispin Atama Tabe claimed that the legislation could be reviewed as according to the Congolese Law, exploiting the minerals inside the country’s park is contrary to the law….
He also added that it is up to DRC whether to respect or not as the park belongs to their country. They will compare between the value of the park and the natural resources…
Talking about fish, lets add some salt to the wound as the drilling place is expected to be done in the Lake Edward which is a protein source & source of income for the local people. Also according to the local fishermen, the Lake Edward enables them to produce resources up to $ 2 000 000 a year worth of fish.
*I do not know about you but do you realise what does the Virunga National Park offers? These!!
- Large amount source of protein
- $ 2 000 000 a year worth of fish
- Tourist attraction
However, at the end of the day, the decision will be decided by the CRD. Hope they will make a wise choice in protecting this heavenly place.
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