IUCN and Shell have been working together on biodiversity issues since 2000. The current set of collaborative projects seeks to leverage earlier agreements that saw IUCN and Shell demonstrating leadership in both the business and conservation sectors to bring about positive changes for biodiversity conservation. The current collaborative agreement is subject to annual review. The overall objectives include:
- Establishing an independent scientific panel through IUCN to provide Sakhalin Energy with technical advice and recommendations on how it can minimize risks to the Western Gray Whales and their habitat.
- Supporting the ongoing work of the IUCN-Niger Delta Panel to provide scienc-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.
- 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.