Environmentally sensitive areas
Shell believes some areas are too sensitive to enter. If we operate in areas that are rich in biodiversity – known as “critical habitat” – we ensure that biodiversity action plans are in place.
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 and mixed 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
|Country||Name of protected area (year designated, IUCN Category)||Activity|
|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 Mayaro 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|
|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|
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