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Card image 23 August 2022 African Arguments

Congo’s oil auction: foiling climate colonialism or filling the coffers?

The DRC has two main goals in selling oil blocks that overlap with the world’s second largest rainforest. Neither involves developing oil. On 28-29 July, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prompted protest and concern as it put the licensing rights for 30 oil and gas blocks up for auction. Despite the government’s reassurances than none of these zones are in environmentally sensitive zones, analysis has shown that nine of them overlap with protected areas in the world’s second-biggest rainforest including the Virunga UNESCO World Heritage site. So are these important lines of defence against the biodiversity and climate crises […]

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