We take steps to manage our use of water and apply new approaches and technologies to reduce our use of fresh water. We comply with water regulations wherever we operate and also set our own mandatory water standards, which match best practice for our industry.
We tailor our use of fresh water to local conditions, as water constraints tend to affect people at the local or regional level. In some cases, we use alternatives to fresh water in our operations; these include recycled water, processed sewage water and desalinated water.
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Our projects can affect local biodiversity and dependent communities. We apply stringent standards to help reduce any impacts our operations may have, particularly in critical habitats, which are areas that are rich in biodiversity or under protection.
We work with several conservation organisations , including Earthwatch, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, and Wetlands International. Our projects with biodiversity partners include working to restore natural habitats and ecosystems close to our operations.
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Land and Marine Conservation
Canada has both a national and global responsibility to preserve the best of its natural heritage. Conservation land provides a direct benefit to Canadians by supplying natural habitat for plants and animals, maintaining biodiversity and filtering our water and air.
Shell has helped conserve over 31,000 acres of land in Canada and we continue to support initiatives that will preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Our leadership in land conservation began in 1992 with establishment of the Mount Broadwood Heritage Conservation Area near Fernie, British Columbia. At over 22,000 acres, the property remains the largest donation of conservation land in Canadian history.
On June 8, 2016 Shell announced the contribution of over 860,000 hectares of offshore exploratory permits in the waters of Baffin Bay, near Lancaster Sound to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. This represents an area larger than Banff National Park.
Most recently, on September 13, 2018 Shell announced its intent to voluntarily release about 50,000 km2 of exploratory permits off coastal British Columbia to support marine conservation. More than one and a half times the size of Vancouver Island, the acreage is located in the Queen Charlotte and Tofino basins covering vast and environmentally rich areas.
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We work alongside non-government organizations (NGOs) to gain access to independent, science-based expertise to help reduce the environmental impact of our operations and projects. Partner NGOs benefit from being able to inform Shell's approach to the environment and conservation, and by gaining business and technical knowledge. Collaborative partnerships are based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. We don't always agree, but we do strive to work together on initiatives to enhance environmental performance.
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