Life on land
We work to protect biodiversity near our operations in a number of different ways around the world. We seek to understand and respond to any potential impacts our activities may have on biodiversity or ecosystem services - the benefits that people or businesses derive from ecosystems, such as food and clean water.
Read examples of our work to protect biodiversity on land:
Biodiversity in Australia
The Australian government has approved a biodiversity offset plan from the Shell-operated QGC gas project which includes protecting an area with a rich ecosystem. QGC had acquired the Valkyrie property in 2015 as a biodiversity offset to compensate for clearing vegetation and habitat for the development of gas resources. It is located next to the Dipperu National Park and contains large areas of eucalyptus woodlands, endangered brigalow woodlands, semi evergreen vine thickets, riparian vegetation and wetlands.
Restoring biodiversity in the Niger Delta
The IUCN-Niger Delta Panel was established in 2012 at the request of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). Managed by IUCN, it comprised experts from around the world to provide science-based recommendations to help restore biodiversity at sites affected by oil spills and on enhanced remediation techniques within SPDC's areas of operation in the Niger Delta. The panel's work finished in 2016 but IUCN and SPDC continue to work together to improve the recovery of biodiversity at specific sites.
Restoring the land in western India
A once-barren 1,200-hectare area of land on the Hazira Peninsula in western India now thrives with flora and fauna as the result of an eco-restoration project initiated by Shell and its partners. The land, located close to the Hazira LNG Terminal and Port joint venture, is also providing an extra source of food and income for local residents.
Living shorelines to reduce erosion
We worked with The Nature Conservancy to develop a nature-based approach that would benefit the coastal ecosystem as well as control pipeline erosion in the Louisiana coastal zone. This is done by creating "living shorelines", bringing in soil and rock and planting native vegetation to improve coastal resilience.
One such living shoreline was constructed by Shell. Within several months, the constructed shoreline appeared more stable, and vegetation is reclaiming the area, helping to protect the pipeline and coastal area. Shell continues to assess its long-term performance.
Oyster conservation and restoration in the USA
Oyster populations are vital to the health of Louisiana’s estuaries which flow into the Gulf of Mexico. They filter nutrients, fine sediments and toxins from the water. They also improve water quality and protect shorelines. Oyster conservation and restoration is one of the funding priorities of the Shell Marine Habitat programme, a partnership between Shell and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
In New Orleans, Shell supported a pilot project encouraging restaurants to recycle oyster shells. The shells are cleaned and placed along the Gulf shoreline, where they become fertile grounds for new oyster crops.
Biodiversity data access
Shell was one of the industry players convened by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre to form Proteus. This forum provides access to global data to inform industry decisions and has helped to improve the accuracy and completeness of the World Database on Protected Areas, which now has information on 220,000 protected areas. In Shell, we are using the data to screen new projects for potential biodiversity issues.