Shell and IUCN have been collaborating since 2000 to raise the biodiversity performance of both the company and the oil & gas industry, as well as strengthen IUCN's capacity for leadership in business and biodiversity.
Key milestones in this collaboration include:
- November 2011
IUCN agrees in principle with the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) to establish an Independent Advisory Panel to advise on improved rehabilitation and remediation of oil spill sites in the Niger Delta.
- October 2011
Participants at a Shell-IUCN biofuels workshop discuss next steps in joint work on sustainable biofuels.
- October 2011
A consortium of industry and non-governmental organizations, including IUCN and Shell, launch an innovative policy approach to address the risk of indirect land use change through biofuel production.
- September 2011
IUCN/NRDC workshop focuses on addressing perceived barriers to Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) in the Arctic and identifying first steps that States might take collaboratively to advance EBM.
Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) extended for a further 5-year period, until 2016.
IUCN-Shell collaborative partnership agreement supports activities to improve understanding and use of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™
Outcomes from an IUCN-Shell workshop used to inform IUCN’s iLUC and biofuels policy position submitted to the European Commission.
- November 2010
IUCN/NRDC workshop identifies the most important and vulnerable arctic marine areas that need enhanced protection.
- June 2010
IUCN/NRDC workshop held to advance Ecosystem-Based Management implementation in the Arctic
- February 2010
IUCN-Shell workshop identifies areas of synergy and opportunities for harmonization of biofuels standards and certification schemes.
Initiation of a Shell-IUCN Biofuels Agreement, following a successful scoping project under the IUCN-Shell collaborative partnership agreement
IUCN review of Shell's Biodiversity Action Plans (pdf summary)
- October 2007
IUCN and Shell sign a 5-year collaborative partnership agreement to foster closer collaboration on conservation-related work, at all levels and all over the world.
At the request of Sakhalin Energy, IUCN convened the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), which ran for an initial period of 5 years to 2011.
- October 2006
Publication of Building Biodiversity Business, a joint study that identifies opportunities and mechanisms for market-based biodiversity conservation.
At the request of Sakhalin Energy, IUCN convened an Independent Scientific Review Panel to evaluate the company’s planned approach for minimizing the impacts of construction activities on western gray whales in the vicinity of Sakhalin Island, Russia.
- August 2003
Shell recognizes World Heritage Sites as “no go” areas for its oil & gas exploration and development
Secondments between IUCN and Shell allow sharing of specific conservation and business expertise between the two organizations.
Shell and IUCN collaboration in the Energy and Biodiversity Initiative, a joint industry/NGO initiative that developed tools and guidelines for integrating biodiversity into oil & gas development.