We have biodiversity action plans for operations in Gabon, Iraq, Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA. 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 Shell operated activities in IUCN Cat. I-IV protected areas (as per December 1, 2014):


Country Name of protected area (year designated, IUCN Category) Activity (1)
Australia Barrow Island (1908, Ia) Aviation fuelling facility
Canada Lundmark Bog (2005, III) Pipeline 
Waterton Lakes (1895, II) Pipelines on protected area boundary
Gabon Iguela (1966, IV) and Ngove-Ndogo (1966, IV) Wells and Toucan-Rabi-Gamba pipeline
Germany NSG Langeler Auwald rechtsrheinisch (1989, IV) Wesseling-Godorf pipeline 
Netherlands* Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV) Platforms
Ameland Nature Conservation Area (2009, IV), Meijendel & Berkheide (2013, IV), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV), Springendal & Dal van de Mosbeek (2013, IV), Waddenzee (2009,IV) Wells
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) Pipelines
Weldam (1998, IV), Elperstroomgebied (2010, IV), Ham en Crommenije (2011, IV), Nationaal beek- en esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa (2002, II), Drentsche Aa-gebied (2013, IV) Pipeline on protected area boundary
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)  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
United States Bayou Teche (2001, IV) Houma - Erath crude pipeline on PA boundary
D&R Canal (year not reported, II) Millway to Center Bridge pipeline on PA boundary
Hickory Creek (1984, Ib) Northern TL 92 pipeline 
J.D. Murphree Wildlife (1950, IV) Texas Dry Gas Pipeline on PA boundary
Long Run Seep (2004, IV) Lakehead to Lockport pipeline on PA boundary

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.

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