Water Governance Institute joined a group of national and international civil society organizations to petition UNESCO
Water Governance Institute joined a group of national and international civil society organizations to petition UNESCO and the government of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from opening up the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Virunga National Park in the respective countries for mining and petroleum exploitation because these World Heritage Sites protected under the international convention to which the two countries are signatories. This petition has also brought to the fore evidence that mining and petroleum exploitation in this regions is likely to threaten an endangered Okapi Giraffe species that resides in the forests of eastern DRC bordering Uganda on the west
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We’ve today officially launched the ten-year IUCN/ICCN Okapi Conservation
Strategy and Status Review.
The UK’s Guardian newspaper has written a great article –
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/18/stop-armed-militia-to-save-rare-forest-giraffe-conservationists-warn-and we hope to get further press coverage via the BBC World Service (listen out for a programme on Sunday morning) and across the region – IUCN are translating into French