Shell has 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 eight countries there are companies we operate with activities in IUCN Category I-IV protected areas (as per December 2015*).


Country Name of protected area (year designated, IUCN Category) Activity (1)
Australia Barrow Island (1908, Ia) Aviation fuelling facility
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
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
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: (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.

*This list includes BG assets that were added to our portfolio through our acquisition of BG Group, which was completed on the 15th of February 2016.

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