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A young Bonobo: the species is at riosk as logging in the Congo Basin fragments their forest habitat and opens up new areas to poachers. Photo: via Greenpeace.

End the Congo logging chaos for rainforest, people and bonobos!

Raoul Monsembula / Greenpeace Africa

1st June 2015

Industrial logging in the world's second largest rainforest is out of control, writes Raoul Monsembula, and spells disaster for both wildlife and forest people. There is an alternative: community forestry has just been enshrined in law. But resources must be committed to law enforcement in Congo and abroad, and to empowering forest communities. more...
A giant tree of the Congo basin rainforest. Photo: Corinne Staley via

Congo rainforest 'browning' as temperatures rise

Tim Radford

30th April 2014

Scientists have found that the world's second greatest rainforest, the Congo, is losing its green, writes Tim Radford. As temperatures rise and rainfall reduces, the forest canopy is taking on a browner hue, and this could be an early signal of worse damage to come. more...
Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot last week in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. Photo: Brent Stirton / Getty Images.

WWF: UK oil company must quit Virunga Park

The Ecologist

23rd April 2014

Following the shooting of Virunga's chief warden last week, WWF is calling on UK oil company Soco International PLC to pull out of the Park and respond to allegations made in a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. more...
Bageni family in the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park, Bukima, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Brent Stirton / WWF.

Virunga - UK Government to investigate oil company

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

The UK Government is to examine the activities of London-based oil company Soco over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in Africa's first National Park, home to 200 Mountain gorillas. more...
A farm near the Virunga mountains and National Park. Photo: John & Mel Kots via

Virunga - police arrest 7 anti-oil gorilla defenders

The Ecologist

1st February 2014

Congolese Police have cracked down on peaceful, legal protests to keep a UK oil company out of Virunga National Park, important for its 200 mountain gorillas. more...

Rwandan militia murder Congo 'gorilla guardian'

The Ecologist

13 January 2014

An attack on a Park Ranger patrol in Congo's Virunga National Park has left 4 dead and 2 injured. The perpetrators? Rwandan militias linked to the 1994 genocide. more...

Congo’s rangers locate first mountain gorilla families in rebel-held territory

The Ecologist

7th August, 2012

Rangers have detected gorilla families in Virunga National Park for the first time since fighting broke out between M23 rebels and government forces earlier this year more...
Sorting cassiterite in Eastern Congo

Mobile phone metals fuelling Congo war


17th February, 2010

Technology companies should be honest with customers about the origin of the metals in their products, says NGO Global Witness more...

Running with gorillas

Beatrice Newbery and Ian Player

9th June, 2000

If trends continue the world’s great apes are doomed to extinction. But one unique rehabilitation project in West Africa is challenging this bleak picture. Beatrice Newbery reports more...

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