ThreatsMining for mineral resources

Mining for mineral resources

  • Mining for mineral resources (© Achille Nsafou/the Jane Goodall Institute)

Mining is supposed to increase the nations’ and the peoples’ wealth, but unfortunately this is not usually the case in tropical Africa. Often mining has detrimental effects on the environment: the forest is cut, soil and water are polluted, the increase of miners results in further deforestation, hunting of endangered species and social problems. In eastern D. R. Congo, militia often control mines (cassiterite, coltan, gold, diamonds) and use the proceeds for buying weapons.

Virunga Park Again Threatened by Oil

January 2018

Conservationists had hoped that Virunga National Park has been granted a reprieve after the 2015 withdrawal of the oil company SOCO who had wanted to...[details]

Oil Exploration in Virunga Park

December 2014

In 2013, WWF started the campaign "Draw the Line" to stop the British oil company SOCO's explorations for oil in the Virunga National Park,...[details]

The Economic Value of Virunga Park

November 2013

Drawing from the report (© WWF)

In response to the granting of oil concessions in Virunga National Park (Virunga) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WWF launched a...[details]

Searching for Solutions to the Threats to Maiko

January 2012

Camping site of mining workers at the edge of the park (© Paulin Wilondja-As-Ngobobo)

Conservation in the Maiko National Park (MNP) remains difficult: the intensity of threats to the park has not decreased. It is an enormous challenge...[details]

Response to Oil Prospecting in Gabon

December 2010

A hole for the dynamite is prepared. (© Luisa Rabanal)

As the world's oil reserves continue to decline, interest from major petroleum companies in the largely unexploited reserves of African oil...[details]