In 2012, in response to a request from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), IUCN established an independent advisory panel to provide science based recommendations for the remediation and rehabilitation of biodiversity and habitats of oil spill sites in the Niger Delta. The overall objective of this project is to help improve biodiversity conservation and benefit people who are dependent on the health of Niger Delta for their livelihoods.

The independent panel was created with the involvement of the IUCN members in Nigeria, the IUCN Commissions and the IUCN Secretariat. The Panel comprises international and local experts in issues relating to oil spill recovery including, hydrocarbon pollution, biodiversity conservation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, restoration ecology and environmental sociology.

News and resources on the Niger Delta panel