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UNESCO says DRC’s Salonga National Park is no longer endangered

Salonga National Park

Africa’s largest protected rainforest, Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been removed from UNESCO’s lists of threatened sites, with the UN body recognising the country’s preservation efforts. Salonga National Park The World Heritage Committee praised DRC’s moves to protect its largest national park, notably its commitment to ban prospecting for oil, which it had allowed ...

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Activists laud move to remove Salonga National Park from List of World Heritage in Danger

Salonga National Park

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Monday, July 19, 2021 announced that the Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The World Heritage Committee cited improvements in the state of conservation of the park, as the reason for the decision. Salonga National Park ...

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Activists oppose oil exploration, demand Fossil Free Virunga in new film

Virunga National Park

Climate activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed strong opposition to plans for oil exploration in the Virunga National Park. In a short film dubbed “Fossil Free Virunga”, that was released by 350Africa.org worldwide on Thursday, July 1, 2021, the activists raised concerns with the environmental impacts, as well as the impact to local communities’ livelihoods. Virunga National ...

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Mount Nyiragongo eruption has worsened displacement crisis in DRC – 350Africa

Mount Nyiragongo eruption

On Saturday May 22, 2021, Nyiragongo volcano which is located near the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), erupted. As a result, at least 32 lives were lost and nearly 4500 homes were destroyed, leaving an estimated 20,000 people homeless. The Mount Nyiragongo eruption is said to have worsened displacement crisis in DRC Officials have since ordered ...

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Over 170 children missing following volcanic eruption in DRC’s Goma district

Mount Nyiragongo

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday, May 23, 2021 that hundreds of children and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Goma district are at risk following the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. An aerial view shows lava flowing from the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. Photo credit: MONUSCO/Reuters The sky turned red and lava spewed from ...

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Three new Ebola virus cases confirmed in DRC

President Tshisekedi

Three more new cases of the Ebola virus disease have been confirmed in the Butembo health zone in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an official said. President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of DRC The Provincial Minister of Health of North Kivu, Eugene Nzanzu, said this at a news conference on Monday, March 1, 2021. This raises the accumulative ...

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UN releases $15m to fight Ebola in Guinea, DRC

Mark Lowcock

The United Nations has allocated $15 million (N5.8 billion) to fight the fresh Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who announced this on Tuesday, February 17, 2021, said it was an initial rapid allocation from the organisation’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). ...

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DR Congo announces fresh case of Ebola

Matshidiso Moeti

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Sunday, February 7, 2021 that a new case of Ebola has been detected in Butembo, a city in North Kivu Province, where a previous outbreak was declared over in June 2020. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The Butembo branch of the National Institute ...

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Tshisekedi assumes AU chair, vows to address impact of COVID-19 pandemic

President Tshisekedi

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) takes over the chair of the African Union (AU), there is an emphasis on resolving the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent, while underlining the need for polio immunisation. President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of DRC On Saturday, February 6, 2021, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of ...

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