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We believe some areas are too sensitive to enter. But we also believe that through a transparent process, partnerships and stringent operating practices it is possible to operate responsibly in some areas that are under protection or rich in biodiversity. We define areas high in biodiversity value as:

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• areas protected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (categories I-VI);

• wetlands of international importance (according to the Ramsar convention);

• Natura 2000 sites (under the European Birds Directive and Habitats Directive);

• important bird areas (defined by Birdlife International); and

• and biosphere reserves (under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme).

We made the following four commitments in 2003:

1. We will not explore for, or develop, oil and gas resources in  natural World Heritage Sites.

2. We will further improve the way we operate in IUCN Category I-IV protected areas, and areas of high biodiversity value.

3. We will publicly report on our activities in IUCN Categories I-IV.

4. We will work with IUCN and others to help safeguard protected areas.

We have developed biodiversity action plans for major operations in areas of high biodiversity value to help improve the way we operate.

Guidance from IPIECA/OGP ("A Guide to Developing Biodiversity Action Plans for the Oil and Gas Sector") forms the basis of each plan.

We had plans in place at seven major operations in areas of high biodiversity value by the end of 2013, including six in places designated by the IUCN as Category I-IV protected areas.

IUCN Category I-IV protected areas

We operate in seven countries with activities in IUCN Category I-IV protected areas (as per 1 December 2014):

IUCN Category I-IV protected areas
Country Company Activity (1) Name Protected Area (Year designated, IUCN Category)
Australia Shell Aviation Australia PTY Ltd Aviation Fuelling Facility Barrow Island (1908, Ia)
Canada Shell Canada Limited Pipeline Lundmark Bog (2005, III)
Pipelines on Protected Area boundary Waterton Lakes (1895, II)
Gabon Shell Gabon S.A. Wells and Toucan-Rabi-Gamba pipeline Iguela (1966, IV) and Ngove-Ndogo (1966, IV)
Germany Shell Energy Deutschland GMBH Wesseling-Godorf pipeline NSG Langeler Auwald rechtsrheinisch (1989, IV)

Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V.

(a joint venture of Shell (50%) and ExxonMobil (50%))

Platforms Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV)
Wells Ameland Nature Conservation Area (2009, IV), Meijendel & Berkheide (2013, IV), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV), Springendal & Dal van de Mosbeek (2013, IV), Waddenzee (2009,IV)
Pipelines Ameland Nature Conservation Area (2009, IV), Duinen Den Helder-Callantsoog (2010, IV), Hoge Fronten (2010, II), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV), Springendal & Dal van de Mosbeek (2013, IV), Waterland Varkensland (2013, IV)
Pipeline on Protected Area boundary Weldam (1998, IV), Elperstroomgebied (2010, IV), Ham en Crommenije (2011, IV), Nationaal beek- en esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa (2002, II), Drentsche Aa-gebied (2013, IV)
United Kingdom Shell Chemicals UK Ltd, Shell UK Ltd Grangemouth - Runcorn pipeline 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)
Stanlow – Runcorn and Tranmere – Eastham pipeline Mersey Estuary (1985, IV), New Ferry (2000, IV)
Bacton Seal - Clipper PT Bacton Pipelines Mundesley Cliffs (1984, IV)
United States Shell Pipeline Company, LP Houma - Erath Crude pipeline on PA boundary Bayou Teche (2001, IV)
Millway to Center Bridge Pipeline on PA boundary D&R Canal (year not reported, II)
Northern TL 92 pipeline Hickory Creek (1984, Ib)
Texas Dry Gas pipeline on PA boundary J.D. Murphree Wildlife (1950, IV)
Lakehead to Lockport pipeline on PA boundary Long Run Seep (2004, IV)

Note: (1) Refers to current production activities and infrastructure for current or future production and transportation of oil and gas. Some of the pipelines run along the boundaries of the Protected Areas.