IUCN and Shell have been working together on energy and biodiversity issues since 2000. The current set of collaborative projects builds on an earlier, five-year collaborative agreement (2007-2012) that saw IUCN and Shell committing to demonstrate leadership in both the business and conservation sectors and use their combined comparative strengths to leverage positive changes for biodiversity conservation.
Following an end of term review of the 2007-2012 IUCN Shell agreement, the IUCN Council agreed a continuation of the collaboration. The current agreement, which is open-ended but subject to annual review, allows for the continuation of all joint initiatives except those related to the Arctic. It maintains the same overall objectives as those set out in the previous collaborative agreement and includes:
• Enhance the biodiversity conservation performance of Shell and its Affiliates.
• Raise biodiversity performance standards in the energy sector and its supply chains.
• Strengthen IUCN capacity for leadership in business and biodiversity.
• Developing an initiative to assess the conservation-related aspects of the Bonsucro standards for sugarcane-based ethanol production in Brazil.
• Creating the institutional capacity of the Iraqi authorities in collaboration with IUCN Members on the ground for appropriate conservation in oil and gas developments in the fragile ecosystems of the region.
• Supporting the ongoing work of the IUCN-Niger Delta Panel to provide science-based recommendations for the remediation and rehabilitation of biodiversity and habitats of oil spill sites in the Niger Delta. This Panel was established in consultation with IUCN Members in Nigeria.
• Establishing the Net Positive Impact Alliance and the development of the Alliance’s work programme.