DRC CONSIDERS BORDER CHANGES FOR FAMED VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that it will consider revising the boundaries of Virunga National Park in an effort to accommodate oil exploration in the area. The government announced the possible change following the voluntary halting of exploratory activities within the park by Soco International last year. The British company ceased operations in Virunga after completing seismic surveys, the results of which will be turned over to DRC officials. Changes to the borders would have to be approved by UNESCO, as the park was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. Virunga is Africa's oldest park and home to about 25% of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population. For the full story, see http://print.news.mongabay.com/2015/0319-hance-virunga-boundaries.html.