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Sabinyo volcano and thick forest, habitat of the endangered Mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Oil company Soco not to drill in Virunga World Heritage Site

WWF calls on the European Union to start new legislation to ensure EU multinationals respect international treaties on social and environmental standards
Soco International PLC will end its operations in Africa’s oldest national park and also is committing to remain out of all other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the London-listed oil multinational is expected to announce today.

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Virunga National Park
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European oil exploration threatens Africa’s billion dollar World Heritage Site

WWF launches a campaign aimed at protecting Virunga National Park from European oil extraction.
The organization is calling on UK-based Soco to abandon its plans to explore for oil in Virunga and all other World Heritage Sites.

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Virunga National Park is recognized globally for its rich wildlife, but it is much more than that. Virunga is also a vital resource to local residents living around Africa’s oldest national park.

WWF's OECD complaint against UK oil company SOCO

WWF contends that, in the course of its oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park, the Bristih company has violated environmental and human rights provisions of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Read WWF's complaint


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