World Heritage Sites now ‘no-go’ for Total
Virunga National Park is the oldest national park in Africa and a World Heritage Site. A total of 85% of the park has been allocated as oil concessions.
The French oil giant Total has confirmed it will not explore for oil and gas in World Heritage Sites. This was announced in February by the United Nations agency in charge of World Heritage Sites, noting that oil, gas and mining increasingly threaten these sites. This is a major success for WWF which has campaigned against Total seeking a firm pledge by the company that it will remain out of World Heritage Sites. Total’s decision follows an earlier pledge to remain out of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse protected area.
Original article posted: 03.02.14 Updated: 08.04.14