UN body calls for no oil exploration in Virunga
Concerned about proposed oil exploration in Virunga National Park, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which identifies the world’s most valued natural and cultural sites, has called for cancelation of exploration permits. One of Africa’s first World Heritage Sites, Virunga is rich in biodiversity and supports over 50,000 people. Oil exploration could cause great destruction and mean the park will lose its World Heritage status.
Virunga National Park could be worth US $1.1 billion per year if developed sustainably, and generate 45,000 permanent jobs rather than being given over to potentially-damaging oil extraction according to a new study titled ‘The Economic Value of Virunga National Park’.