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The Arctic is rich in biodiversity and contains many ecologically sensitive areas. The health of these resources depends, in large part, on the survival of their habitat. We work with scientists to better understand ecosystems in the Arctic, and make a commitment to assessing environmental risks and monitoring the impact of our activities closely.
Shell recognises the importance of conserving biodiversity, not only because it enriches the environment, but also because it is essential for the future of our business.
The Alaska experience
A large number of research projects are taking place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska. They include charting the migration routes of whales and other mammals, tagging walruses and establishing which creatures live on the seabed. All of this helps us to understand more about Alaska’s wildlife and how its behaviour might change with energy industry activity in the region.
Our approach to polar bears and their habitat follows strict regulatory requirements. These include reporting their presence and training employees to avoid them and, in the event of a confrontation, handle them responsibly. Where necessary, we will temporarily shut down our operations in response to their presence.
We support ongoing research into how polar bears are responding to changes in their habitat as a result of climate change. We do this through a contribution to the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Polar Bear Conservation Fund.
Gaining a better understanding of the Arctic ecosystem
Shell combines traditional knowledge with scientific studies to find out more about the ways in which plants and mammals in the Arctic depend on each other.