Biodiversity plans help us to assess and mitigate our impact on local biodiversity and dependent communities. Made in consultation with conservation experts and local communities, these plans are based on international standards and industry best practice.

We also work, in several countries, with our partners in joint ventures we do not operate to develop biodiversity action plans.

We made the following four commitments in 2003 that still apply today:

  • we will not explore for, or develop, oil and gas resources in natural World Heritage Sites;
  • we will further improve the way we operate in International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Category I-IV protected areas, and areas of high biodiversity value;
  • we will publicly report on our activities in IUCN Categories I-IV; and
  • we will work with IUCN and others to help safeguard protected areas.

IUCN Category I-IV protected areas

In seven countries there are companies we operate with activities in IUCN Category I-IV protected areas.


Country Name of protected area (year designated, IUCN Category) Activity (1)
Australia Port of Gladstone – Rodds Bay (1900, IV) Jetty of LNG terminal and pipeline on protected area boundary
Canada Waterton Lakes (1895, II), Elbow River Launch Provincial Recreation Area (1994, II) Pipelines on protected area boundary
Germany NSG Langeler Auwald rechtsrheinisch (1989, IV) Wesseling-Godorf pipeline 
Netherlands Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV) Platforms
Duinen Ameland (2009, IV), Meijendel & Berkheide (2013, IV), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV), Springendal & Dal van de Mosbeek (2013, IV), Waddenzee (2009,IV) Wells
Duinen Ameland (2009, IV), Duinen Den Helder-Callantsoog (2010, IV), Lauwersmeer (2003, II), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV),  Pipelines
Fochteloërveen (1998, IV), Elperstroomgebied (2010, IV), Solleveld & Kapittelduinen (2011, IV), Nationaal beek- en esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa (2002, II), Drentsche Aa-gebied (2013, IV) Pipeline on protected area boundary
Trinidad and Tobago Victoria Mayo Reserve (--, IV) Wells and pipelines
United Kingdom Walton Moss (1985, IV), Tebay Road Cuttings (1992, IV), Bowland Fells (1988, IV), Crosby Ravensworth Fell (1991, IV), River Eden and Tributaries (1997, IV), River Tweed (1976, IV), Bryn Marsh & Ince Moss (1989, IV), The Wigan Flashes (2002, IV), Fishwick Bottoms (2011, IV), Avon Gorge (1973, IV), Carriber Glen (1971, IV), Far Holme Meadow (1994 , IV) Grangemouth - Runcorn pipeline 
Mersey Estuary (1985, IV), New Ferry (2000, IV) Stanlow – Runcorn and Tranmere – Eastham pipeline
Mundesley Cliffs (1984, IV) Bacton Seal - Clipper PT Bacton pipelines
Forvie (1959, II), Meikle Loch and Kippet Hills (1971, III), Red Moss of Netherley (1986, IV) St. Fergus – Mossmorran pipeline
United States Bayou Teche (2001, IV) Houma - Erath Crude pipeline on protected area boundary
Long Run Seep (2004, IV) Lakehead to Lockport pipeline on protected area boundary

Note: Refers to current production activities and infrastructure for current or future production and transportation of oil and gas. Protected areas per World Database of Protected Areas December 2015, activities updated for divestments and acquisitions December 2017).

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