Biodiversity conservation is an integral part of Lundin Petroleum’s commitment to protect the environment
Our commitment to preserve biodiversity has been further strengthened through the adoption of a Biodiversity Statement, after consultation with two authoritative organisations on the field of biodiversity conservation: the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
Lundin Petroleum’s operations continuously assess the potential effects of oil and gas activities on biodiversity in their baseline and impact studies. In addition, sensitive areas located in the proximity of our different sites and that are covered by national laws or international treaties such as the IUCN Protected Areas Categories System and the Ramsar convention have been mapped, in order to ensure that none of our activities negatively impact those areas.
Promoting conservation projects
In addition to integrating considerations of biodiversity in operational plans, Lundin Petroleum funds projects which promote biodiversity. For example, it has contributed to the artificial breeding of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea and the transport of endangered Siberian cranes from Siberia to Astrakhan. Through the cooperation with the Lundin Foundation, contributions have also been made to biodiversity conservation projects in South East Asia that aim to promote sustainable fisheries, the sustainable use of resources and combat deforestation.
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Seabed mapping in Norway
Lundin Norway gathers environmental data and conducts comprehensive studies of ecosystems beyond what is required by the authorities. These studies aim to reach a better understanding of the natural environment before any field activity is started.
As an example, Lundin Norway participates in an extensive mapping of the seabed in the southern Barents Sea. The project which is conducted by visual, sediment and species sampling, sampling from natural gas leaks and which uses geophysical methods that gives a better understanding of the ecosystems and the subsurface. Information gathered through this project is made available to the public and is widely shared through academic articles, seminars and international conferences, as well as through the Norwegian Government Marine Research Program (Mareano).
In this way Lundin Norway contributes to the public understanding of the area. Based on the positive experience in the southern Barents Sea, Lundin Norway plans to expand its detailed seabed mapping to other of our core areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.