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 mitigate the potential impact of our work.

We would never enter a region if we didn’t believe we could manage our impact. Technology and stakeholder engagement have helped us reduce our footprint in sensitive areas.
Dominic Emery, vice president, group strategic planning, BP

International protected areas

Four of our major operations have activities in international protected areas, including two pipelines that pass through World Heritage sites.

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. We then require executive approval before any physical activities can take place. In 2017, no new project sought permission to enter an international protected area.

Biodiversity

We work with conservation organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy and Fauna and Flora International, to understand biodiversity trends, issues and threats.

At our liquefied gas plant in Indonesia, for example, we worked with local ornithologists to successfully relocate endangered black-billed scrubfowl eggs before recent expansion work.

We have an extensive deepwater portfolio and we work to understand how our operations may disturb marine habitats or sensitive areas. We often conduct marine mammal monitoring during our offshore operations to understand any potential impacts, such as those associated with sound, from our activities.

To improve the amount and quality of this data we are testing autonomous vehicles fitted with underwater microphones and cameras.

The Amazon basin

BP has plans to operate one exploration block in the Foz do Amazonas basin, 160 kilometres off the coast of Brazil.

We carried out baseline studies of this block as part of our environmental impact assessment and oil spill response planning, in partnership with other operators in the area. We undertook water and sediment sampling, monitoring of sea currents, as well as bird, fish and marine mammal surveys.

In 2017, we held sessions with more than 1,500 local stakeholders, including indigenous people, universities, non-governmental organizations, industry and government representatives in northern Brazil, to discuss the project’s potential environmental and social impact.

Major operating sites in and around international protected areas

Operating sites in protected areas illustration

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