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Sensitive areas and biodiversity

We support the conservation of sensitive areas that house our planet’s rich natural and cultural heritage


In circumstances where our activities occur in places that have cultural significance, are home to threatened or protected species, or have outstanding biological, geographical or social value, we take action to avoid and mitigate the potential impacts of our work.


Every year we review the location of our operations in and close to the most sensitive areas. This can change from year to year as governments update protected area designations.


We evaluate new projects to determine whether planned activities could affect protected areas. If our screening process shows that a proposed project could enter or affect an international protected area, we conduct a detailed risk assessment to better understand any potential impacts. Executive approval is required before any physical activities can take place.


No new project sought permission to enter an international protected area in 2018.

Major operating sites in and around international protected areas
Note: a site may exist within or near more than one type of protected area.


See for more information on our sites in and close to international protected areas.


When planning new projects we identify and take action to reduce potential impacts on biodiversity. For example, with the expansion of our liquefied natural gas facility in Indonesia, we are aiming for no net loss in biodiversity and worked with the local university to identify 22 priority tree species for conservation. To support the growth of these species, we are planting saplings and are working to restore degraded forest. We’re also using remote sensing technology to detect changes in the habitat so we can monitor our progress.


In Senegal, as part of our commitment to environmental conservation in the region, we have helped train 50 members of the local community in biodiversity monitoring and management. We also provided equipment for wildlife parks in both Mauritania and Senegal.


We work with conservation organizations, such as Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International, the Nature Conservancy, universities and other partners to understand biodiversity trends, issues and threats.